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Mississippi’s Only Abortion Clinic Stays Open For Now

Mississippi’s Only Abortion Clinic Stays Open For Now


Mississippi’s only abortion clinic got a temporary reprieve today as a federal judge ruled to extend indefinitely an order blocking the new TRAP law that threatened to close the clinic.

U.S. District Judge Daniel P. Jordan III temporarily blocked the law July 1 and extended that order Wednesday, though he did not immediately say how long it would last. The state law would require anyone performing clinic abortions to be an OB-GYN with privileges to admit patients to a local hospital. The doctors at the clinic in Jackson do not have those privileges, and the clinic says the privileges aren’t medically necessary.

The clinic, Jackson Women’s Health Organization has so far been unable to obtain admitting privileges for its two out-of-state OB-GYNs because local hospitals have not yet responded to their requests. Obtaining admitting privileges is no easy task. Many hospitals refuse to grant privileges to out-of-state practitioners and religiously affiliated institutions are essentially free to refuse them to doctors who perform abortions.

Supporters of the law say it’s designed to protect patients. Republican Gov. Phil Bryant has said he hopes it will help make Mississippi “abortion-free.

While this is good news, it is not time to celebrate yet. The order essentially buys the judge enough time to fully consider the rules passed by the Department of Health and the legal requirement that they not pose an “undue burden” on a woman’s right to chose abortion. This is not a ruling on the merits yet. And even when that ruling comes, it is all-but guaranteed to be appealed because this law was designed to spark a fight for Supreme Court review.

This battle is just starting.

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2:16PM PDT on Jul 13, 2012

To Michele H.
"This is just another activist judge who needs to go. Mississippi seems to be the only state with any morals as far as killing the unborn goes. This clinic needs to close and if these women choose to go to back alleys to kill their children then they deserve whatever consequences they get."

Are you just the stupidest sack of shit that hit this planet or what? Activist judge? HAHAHA Try a judge that is actually UPHOLDING THE LAW, a concept which seems to offend you, just as your ignorant head up your ass non-intelligence offends us. As for women getting whatever consequences they deserve? Be careful what you wish for because if any woman (and I use that term very loosely with you) deserves the hate you spew, you need look no further than your mirror, but I suspect that it cringes at the very thought seeing you as well.

2:38AM PDT on Jul 13, 2012

Good for now.

7:22PM PDT on Jul 12, 2012

Hopefully the reprieve will be longer than temporary. If one state closes all of its abortion clinics the Republicans will be energized and other states will follow suit.

6:25PM PDT on Jul 12, 2012


3:40PM PDT on Jul 12, 2012

I'm no Wise Woman, but I believe they used to use willow wands, or some rather dangerous herbal concoctions.
Hey guys in Mississippi, want me to tell your wives and daughters about this?
I didn't think so.

2:30PM PDT on Jul 12, 2012

Amanda and Gene consider yourselve's starred.

I can't believe it's the 21st century and we are ruled by backwards Christians. So sad that in a state like Mississippi where there are so many needy poor women that they one only have one clinic.

11:30AM PDT on Jul 12, 2012

I have never understood why we need clinic only for abortions...

11:30AM PDT on Jul 12, 2012

Michele H, these clinics also provide HEALTH EXAMS and CONTRACEPTION too! Without these clinics, many women have no other options!

How moral is it to force women to have children they don't want and can't afford to care for, leaving them to suffer lives of abuse and neglect, or to drive women to opt for DIY or back-alley abortions? How humane is that compared to allowing women access to a safe, medical, and LEGAL procedure? It's not KILLING anything-you can't kill something that hasn't even been BORN yet, for crying out loud!

If your attitude is "Christian love," then your idea of hate is truly scary. You worried about unwanted children? Then foster or adopt a few of the ALREADY-BORN kids that already exist by the thousands, and then worry about a woman making the choice that SHE feels is right for her!

9:47AM PDT on Jul 12, 2012

This is just another activist judge who needs to go. Mississippi seems to be the only state with any morals as far as killing the unborn goes. This clinic needs to close and if these women choose to go to back alleys to kill their children then they deserve whatever consequences they get.

9:01AM PDT on Jul 12, 2012

Is it a state law in Mississippi that any one who delivers a full-term baby must be a fully certified ob/gyn? It seems that would be more of a health issue than requiring that only an ob/gyn can perform an abortion.

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