SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) - A judge's recent decision puts a proposed South Bend abortion clinic one step closer to opening.

The Indiana State Health Department previously rejected a license application from Whole Woman's Health Alliance.

But The South Bend Tribune reports that Indianapolis administrative law judge issued an order recommending that the Texas-based nonprofit be granted one.

The order comes a two-day hearing last month over the proposed facility.

Unless the state objects by Oct. 2, it will become final and the clinic can open. The nonprofit plans to offer medication-induced abortions to women who are up to 10 weeks pregnant.

If the state objects, the matter would be decided on by a three-member panel appointed by the department that would include a judge and two state health board members.

Information from: South Bend Tribune, http://www.southbendtribune.com

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