Trial Set for Challenge of Mississippi Abortion Law

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Jackson, Miss.

A federal judge has set a jury trial next spring for a lawsuit filed by Mississippi's only abortion clinic.

Jackson Women's Health Organization sued the state in 2012 over a law requiring every OB-GYN at the clinic to have admitting privileges at a local hospital.

U.S. District Judge Daniel P. Jordan, III, Friday set the date of Mar. 3, 2014, as the beginning of jury selection.

After the clinic filed suit last summer, Jordan allowed the law to take effect but blocked the state from imposing penalties while the clinic seeks admitting privileges.

The clinic has remained open, but owner Diane Derzis said months ago that requests for privileges have been denied.

Hospitals often won't give them to out-of-state physicians. The OB-GYNs working at the clinic don't live in Mississippi.


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