Mississippi legislators are practically chomping at the bit to shut down the state’s only clinic and they plan to move ahead the first chance they get.
HB 1390 creates a new set of onerous restrictions on any clinic who performs abortions and is set to take effect July 1st. The bill’s sponsor, Rep. Sam Mims has already contacted the board of health to demand that the Jackson Women’s Health Organization be checked for compliance including verification that all physicians who provide abortions at the clinic be both board certified OB-GYNs and have admitting privileges at the local hospitals.
I am certainly aware that the Health Facilities Licensure Division is responsible for regulatory and enforcement duties on many types of facilities and does so with a limited number of employees, Mims wrote in the letter [to the health department] which he also sent to The Associated Press. However, as the author of HB1390, this legislation was one of my priorities as chairman of the Public Health and Human Services Committee, and I consider it an important accomplishment.
The clinic is still seeking privileges for their doctors but have so far not had any success. Should they fail the initial inspection they have 10 days to come into compliance or face closure.
Of course closing the only clinic was exactly the goal of the law so it’s no wonder Mims is so eager to move on enforcement. It’s just a tragedy that it’s the women of Mississippi who may pay with their lives as a result.
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