Court Ruling Saves Lone Abortion Clinic in Mississippi
State could have been first with none if law had stood
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Apr 16, 2013 7:24 AM CDT
Signs placed by abortion rights activists are displayed on the front security gating of the Jackson Women's Health Organization.   (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

(Newser) – Mississippi's only abortion clinic will remain open—at least for now—following a federal judge's ruling yesterday that blocked part of a state law requiring abortion clinic doctors to have local hospital admitting privileges. The two doctors behind most abortions at the Jackson Women's Health Organization lack those privileges, the New York Times reports. The judge's ruling, which isn't final, bars the implementation of the law during its consideration in court.

The clinic sued over the law, which passed last year. Had the measure stood, Mississippi would have become the first state with no abortion clinics. "Closing its doors would—as the state seems to concede in this argument—force Mississippi women to leave Mississippi to obtain a legal abortion," the judge wrote. That "would result in a patchwork system where constitutional rights are available in some states but not others."

More From Newser
My Take on This Story
To report an error on this story,
notify our editors.
Court Ruling Saves Mississippi's Lone Abortion Clinic is...
Show results without voting
You Might Like
Showing 3 of 82 comments
Apr 16, 2013 12:43 PM CDT
Mississippi has the highest poverty rate in the nation. AND THEY WANT TO KEEP IT THAT WAY.
Apr 16, 2013 11:09 AM CDT
For you people who oppose reproductive freedom, what is your opinion of the Quiverfull movement? "Quiverfull is a movement among some conservative evangelical Protestant couples chiefly in the United States, but with some adherents in Canada,[1] Australia, New Zealand, Britain and elsewhere.[2] It promotes procreation, and sees children as a blessing from God,[2][3][4] eschewing all forms of birth control, including natural family planning and sterilization.[5][6] Adherents are known as "quiver full", "full quiver", "quiverfull-minded", or simply "QF" Christians. Some refer to the Quiverfull position as Providentialism,[7] while other sources have referred to it as a manifestation of natalism.[8][9] Currently, several thousand Christians worldwide identify with this movement,[5] although entire Christian sects hold many beliefs correlative to those who self-identify as Quiverfull adherents." --wikipedia
Apr 16, 2013 10:41 AM CDT
Religious zealots and Republicans need to keep their noses out of what should be a subject between a woman and her doctor. Thank God the judge had enough sense to keep this clinic open.