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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