Mississippi Abortion Clinic Challenges New Law

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Mississippi's only abortion clinic filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday challenging the constitutionality of a law that will take effect Sunday.

The clinic, Jackson Women's Health Organization, argues the law will effectively ban abortion in Mississippi "by imposing medically unjustified requirements on physicians who perform
abortions."

The law states anyone doing an abortion at a clinic must be an OB-GYN with local hospital admitting privileges.

A clinic spokeswoman says the three physicians who work there are OB-GYNs, but they don't have admitting privileges.

They can be difficult to obtain, either because doctors live out of state or because religious-affiliated hospitals don't grant them to doctors who
perform abortions.

The lawsuit, filed in Jackson, claims it's "impossible" to get admitting privileges by Sunday. However, the law was signed in April.

Republican Gov. Phil Bryant says he hopes the law reduces abortions.


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