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      Abortions temporarily halted at Columbia clinic

      COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) -- Planned Parenthood is temporarily halting abortions at a central Missouri clinic.Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri said Tuesday the physician who typically performs abortions in Columbia has been called to active military duty and will be deployed overseas.Organization spokeswoman Michelle Trupiano says abortions were performed in Columbia last week and normally are performed at that clinic two or three times a month. She says abortion services will be suspended in October until a replacement physician can be found.Trupiano says abortions also were suspended for a couple months last year at the clinic while Planned Parenthood searched for a new doctor to perform them.

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