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Federal Judge Blocks Mississippi’s Anti-Abortion Law

Federal Judge Blocks Mississippi’s Anti-Abortion Law

U.S. District Judge Daniel P. Jordan III has temporarily blocked a measure that would have forced Mississippi’s only abortion clinic to close its doors.

The TRAP law, H.B. 1390, had been passed earlier this year. The law had been challenged by a consortium of women’s rights groups, who argue that the law was written to force Jackson Women’s Health Organization, the state’s only abortion provider, out of business.

“Plaintiffs have offered evidence — including quotes from significant legislative and executive officers — that the Act’s purpose is to eliminate abortions in Mississippi,” Jordan wrote in his ruling. “They likewise submitted evidence that no safety or health concerns motivated its passage. This evidence has not yet been rebutted.”

Indeed, Rep. Sam Mims V, R-McComb, who had sponsored the legislation, has already contacted the state board of health asking them to quickly check the JWHO for compliance with the law, in the hopes that the clinic will be shut down.

“Today’s decision reaffirms the fundamental constitutional rights of women in Mississippi,” said Nancy Northrup, president and CEO of the Center for Reproductive Rights in a statement. “The opponents of reproductive rights in the Mississippi legislature have made no secret of their intent to make legal abortion virtually disappear in the state of Mississippi. Their hostility toward women, reproductive health care providers, and the rights of both would unquestionably put the lives and health of countless women at risk of grave harm.”

In an interview with CNN, Mims said that abortion opponents “will speak with our attorneys regarding our game plan.”

Jordan has scheduled a July 11 hearing on whether to issue a preliminary injunction against the law. The temporary restraining order will keep the clinic open at least through that date.

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6:01AM PDT on Sep 18, 2012

Its the American Taliban

5:13AM PDT on Jul 20, 2012

"And to support an anti-abortion argument by saying some women regretted it, and it affected their whole lives, is no more rational than to outlaw adoption because some adoptions go wrong and they became immense sources of emotional distress to the adopters and adoptees."

David, where did I say that I support the bill? I simply stated that pro-choicers shouldnt try to cover up the issues that could stem from an abortion. Also, I never said that having these serious emotional issues automatically meant that the woman regrets what she did. Obviously she can have a lack of regret and still be on the verge of suicide. I just happened to be one of the women that did regret it and was on the verge of suicide. Every woman is different, but when an abortion clinic gives a woman info on risks, psyciatric problems are NOT listed, even though it is in fact a big risk, especially if it can lead to suicide. I for one would have liked to have been warned, instead they neglected to mention anything because pro-choicers like to sweep this kind of thing under the rug because it may encourage a ban. I just thought a womans RIGHT to know ALL of the risks shes taking would be important to people who claim to care so much about womens rights.

11:50AM PDT on Jul 16, 2012

Lee, answer a question for me. Are you a doctor or psychologist? If not, how does googling give you enough credentials to tell me that my problems dont stem from my abortion? Or that my ADD has more to do with it than my abortion? I beleive the actual psychologist that diagnosed me, than some random person on the internet. Also, its funny, because I google it and I found info on it.

http://www.aafp.org/afp/2000/0315/p1689.html

I really would like to know why everytime I mention the emotional issues I had because of my abortion, all I get is chewed out by pro-choice viewpoints that dont even want to acknowledge the issues I had. Nowhere in my posts do I say that abortion should be illegal. I talk about my problems with the pro-life people I know and they actually have compassion. I mention anything to a pro-choice person and all I hear is "mind your own business" or "who are you to tell women what to do." The reason why I dont get why your all uppity about what Im saying, is that Im NOT telling any woman what to do. Im just saying what I went through. If I went through this as a result of my abortion, there is a pretty good chance that Im not the only one. But of course Im treated like a horrible person if I say anything negative about abortion, even though its completely true.

10:11AM PDT on Jul 16, 2012

Cherie, I had an abortion, and was diagnosed with it. I was on the verge of commiting suicide before I got on anti-depressants. Just because you have never heard of it, it doesnt mean that it doesnt exist. I also have ADD and people have tried to tell me that its some made up illness, but I have had to deal with it SO I KNOW WHAT IM TALKING ABOUT. Also, you may have freinds who havent had emotional issues because of their abortion, but your statement is very offensive to women like me, who have. The point of my statements is to point out that there are women out there, like me, who have had extreme emotional distress thanks to our abortions, and its wrong for pro-choicers to try and call me a liar, silence me, and sweep what I say under the rug because what happened to me puts abortion in a negative light. Its true, that is my point. If you care about womens rights, then you shouldnt have any problem with a womans right to know what is an emotional possibility after their abortion.

6:27AM PDT on Jul 16, 2012

Jessie R are you serious? Did you just make this stuff up or what? PASD There is no such thing. Extreme emotional distress? Who is filling your head with this nonsense? I do not know one woman who has had extreme emotional distress because of an abortion. And I only know of 1 woman filled with guilt that the church heaped upon her. Left on her own she was fine. Please do not tell women something you want to happen when it is not something that is going to happen. I know these women personally. I know what I am talking about.

12:19PM PDT on Jul 9, 2012

A women's health care clinic is a place where professionals, you know people who have training and qualifications to meet the requirements of a certain profession, work. "Pro-life sidewalk counselors" are NOT professionals and DO NOT belong in a medical clinic.

Perhaps women who are considering continuing their pregnancies should also be warned about the "severe emotional issues", you know post-partum depression which is very common, that COULD happen if they decide to give birth.

12:18PM PDT on Jul 9, 2012

A women's health care clinic is a place where professionals, you know people who have training and qualifications to meet the requirements of a certain profession, work. "Pro-life sidewalk counselors" are NOT professionals and DO NOT belong in a medical clinic.

Perhaps women who are considering continuing their pregnancies should also be warned about the "severe emotional issues", you know post-partum depression which is very common, that COULD happen if they decide to give birth.

10:31AM PDT on Jul 8, 2012

My point is that since there is a chance of severe emotional issues, shouldnt we make a point to let all women know this before they have an abortion? Why are pro-choice people so against ANYTHING(whether true or not) that may make a woman decide that abortion isnt right for them. Just like with ANY surgery, you want to know ALL your options, ALL the risks(whether emotional or physical), would you not? Or does the fact that women have committed suicide because of the depression or PASD(post abortion stress disorder) they were diagnosed with not matter? I am in no way saying that no woman should ever have the option to get an abortion, just that we should make more of an effort to warn her of what COULD happen as a result of her decision.

10:31AM PDT on Jul 8, 2012

"The truth is out there, and it’s not hard to find. CPCs and Pregnancy Care Centers reduce the number of abortions, and if the pro-abortion side is truly pro-CHOICE—and truly strives for the goal of fewer abortions (their rallying cry is “safe, legal, and RARE,” right?) then they should be welcoming assistance from CPCs and similar organizations, not constantly fighting to shut them down. If the pro-abortion side is truly pro-CHOICE, they should not take issue with laws passed to ensure informed consent prior to irreversible elective “surgery” that always ends in the death of the living growing human fetus. If the pro-abortion side truly cares about women—indeed their favorite battle hymn is that pro-lifers care more about cells than women—they would be fighting alongside us for fully informed options and support for all pregnant mothers. They would be welcoming pro-life sidewalk counselors out of the hot sun or the driving rain or the freezing snow to take up residence inside one of the counseling rooms in the clinic, letting the pregnant mothers learn all of their options completely. That would truly be pro-CHOICE."

10:08AM PDT on Jul 8, 2012

Really? Pro-choice people never use propaganda huh? Well, let me tell you a few things I have seen and heard from the pro-choice side that is NOT based on fact, which makes it propaganda.

We constantly hear that the pro-life side doesnt care about women and that once the baby is born, they couldnt give a crap about it. This isnt true, and you know it. They just care about the mother AND the baby. I know its hard to wrap your head around the fact that you can care about the baby and still care about the mother but its true.

We constantly hear negative speculation on crisis pregnancy centers. Like how they dont care about the baby once its born, or that all of them lie to the women that come in. But, maybe thats true for some but not all. My mother actually started a crisis pregnancy center and I volunteered there for some time. I NEVER heard anyone lie to any of the women. I sympothized with them because I knew what they were going through and I also knew how the abortion affected me and would have liked to warn these women of the issues that COULD happen. I couldnt because one of the rules was that we were not allowed to say anything negative about abortion. We were not allowed to give our opinions. Plus, we gave out free diapers, formula, clothes, and baby food to struggling mothers.

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