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Mt. Juliet sued over ordinance targeting abortion clinic

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union is suing the city of Mt. Juliet over its efforts to prevent a local clinic from providing surgical abortions. 

Commissioners for the city passed a zoning ordinance earlier this year that effectively prevents clinics from providing surgical abortions anywhere in the city.

The move came after a Carafem clinic opened on March 1 in Mount Juliet, just outside of Nashville. It offered medication abortions and planned to begin offering surgical abortions soon.

A federal lawsuit filed Wednesday seeks a declaration that the ordinance restricting abortion services is unconstitutional.

City officials were not immediately available for comment Wednesday afternoon.