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Mississippi May Lose Abortion Access July 1st

Mississippi May Lose Abortion Access July 1st

The state of Mississippi has only one abortion clinic and now, thanks to a series of aggressive new restrictions targeting the clinic, it may close in a matter of weeks.

Under the new TRAP law, the Jackson’s Women Health Organization needs at least one of its two OB/GYNs to have admitting privileges at an area hospital. Last month the clinic applied to every hospital in the area on behalf of both of its doctors. The hospitals have until July 1 to accept or deny the request.

If the admitting privileges are denied clinic administrators would have to either close their doors or challenge the law in court. Should that happen then anti-choice activists would have scored a significant victory. Abortion would remain technically legal in the state, but women in need would have no available or effective avenue of accessing the procedure.

Sadly, driving safe and accessible abortion care out of the state won’t eradicate the need, it will just cost women’s lives.

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7:05AM PDT on Oct 9, 2012

If you don't believe in abortion, that does not give you the right to force your nonbelief on others. There are many studies showing why abortion is so important and necessary, from maternal health to societal crime statistics(unwanted children who are not cared for properly tend to become criminals). You would scream to the high heavens if someone else tried to make you live by their beliefs, don't force your beliefs on others. Mississippi having only 1 abortion clinic in the entire state is a travesty, particularly in light of the fact that they are one of the poorest states in the nation and thus one of the most ignorant. They should take all the money they spend fighting legal abortion and put it to better use in their education system to educate men and women on how to avoid pregnancy, instead of teaching them not to have sex(way unrealistic). . . .

10:36PM PDT on Jul 1, 2012

Every women has the right to choose what is right for her..not the state...

4:19PM PDT on Jun 25, 2012

awesome!!! now if that would only happen in all 50 states..

11:47AM PDT on Jun 16, 2012

I grew up in Mississippi and left as soon as I was able. So far nothing the state has done has enticed me back---this certainly will not!
Mississippi is so far not doing anything to raise itself from being the poorest, most backward state in the U.S.--a position it has held ever since I can remember!

9:16AM PDT on Jun 16, 2012

Mary M, and if you can't afford a child, don't get raped. You are not everywoman, stop trying to pretend your beliefs are the center of the universe.

9:13AM PDT on Jun 16, 2012

So easy to condemn another person... No one is going to go and have an abortion for giggles. No one *likes* abortion. The pro-choice folk just recognize that life isn't black and white. It has to be taken on a case-by-case basis, weighing all factorsand that no one is going to be able to make the decision but the person that lives with it - the woman herself. In otherwords, we look at the situation as an adult decision.

Can someone also explain something to me? The Christians are always talking at funerals,etc. About souls having gone on and life never ending... if they think these zygotes,etc. are life and soul inhabited, why are they so fussed about death of the.body? Do they go somewhere else, recycling, ?? Just wondering...

9:13AM PDT on Jun 16, 2012

So easy to condemn another person... No one is going to go and have an abortion for giggles. No one *likes* abortion. The pro-choice folk just recognize that life isn't black and white. It has to be taken on a case-by-case basis, weighing all factorsand that no one is going to be able to make the decision but the person that lives with it - the woman herself. In otherwords, we look at the situation as an adult decision.

Can someone also explain something to me? The Christians are always talking at funerals,etc. About souls having gone on and life never ending... if they think these zygotes,etc. are life and soul inhabited, why are they so fussed about death of the.body? Do they go somewhere else, recycling, ?? Just wondering...

9:13AM PDT on Jun 16, 2012

So easy to condemn another person... No one is going to go and have an abortion for giggles. No one *likes* abortion. The pro-choice folk just recognize that life isn't black and white. It has to be taken on a case-by-case basis, weighing all factorsand that no one is going to be able to make the decision but the person that lives with it - the woman herself. In otherwords, we look at the situation as an adult decision.

Can someone also explain something to me? The Christians are always talking at funerals,etc. About souls having gone on and life never ending... if they think these zygotes,etc. are life and soul inhabited, why are they so fussed about death of the.body? Do they go somewhere else, recycling, ?? Just wondering...

11:19AM PDT on Jun 14, 2012

Although I do not reside in America, as an "outsider" I find this ruling very strange. It seems as if the Christians are more worried about the unborn fetus than about the unwanted child when it is born. These unwanted children are then more prone to abuse, starvation or in all likelihood just abandoned or even murdered. A lot of people would say "give the child up for adoption" but there are just not enough people that are prepared to adopt or foster, due to various reasons. Even for married women there is no birth control that is 100% effective, in either case it is the woman's body and only she can decide ether to abort or to carry the fetus full term and no Church should have the right to interfere in constitutional laws or rights of all women.

9:42PM PDT on Jun 13, 2012

thanks.

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