The Clock is Ticking

By: Mike McDaniel
By: Mike McDaniel

The clock is ticking down on the Jackson Women's Health Organization. When the time is up, the clinic could be shutting its doors, putting a stop to abortions in Mississippi. That's if a lawsuit filed by the New York-based Center for Reproductive Rights isn't acted on by Sunday at midnight.

The suit claims House Bill 1390, which is set to take effect on Monday, is unconstitutional in shutting down the clinic.

"We filed the lawsuit to protect the constitutional right and the health of the women in Mississippi," said the center's litigation director, Julie Rikelman.

Under the new law, physicians practicing abortions must be OB-GYN certified and have admitting privileges at local hospitals. The clinic maintains the certification of its physicians but says admitting privileges can't be obtain before the law takes effect.

"We're talking about an extraordinary attack on this one clinic, one business in Mississippi," said state president of the National Organization of Women, Lauri Roberts.

Roberts says the law needs to be put on hold while physicians acquire those privileges.

"It will stop woman from having access to legal abortions in Mississippi," said Roberts.

Pro-life Mississippi executive director, Dana Chisholm, says the state has every right to set it's own requirements for practicing physicians.

"It's to protect the women of the state of Mississippi and give them the same care that any other medical facility or physician would give," said Chisholm.

Those siding with the clinic don't buy that argument and say the law is veiled with good intentions, but in reality there's only one goal.

"A number of the politicians who have supported this law have been very clear that the purpose of it was to make Mississippi abortion free," said Rikelman.

Last week, the department of health notified the clinic that enforcement of the new law would be reserved until mid-August, but the department later reversed that decision. State representative Sam Mims, a republican from McComb who sponsored the law, sent a letter to state health officer Mary Currier last week, asking her to personally see to it that the law is enforced as soon as it takes effect.

Barring any action from the court, that would make Mississippi abortion-free on Monday.

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  • by Anonymous on Jul 1, 2012 at 08:38 PM
    Again we have a bunch of ignorant people. This abortion clinic largely serves poor women. Women who have made the decision to terminate a pregnancy, well before the person is formed. The woman is the only one responsible for what she does. Now, the rich girl can hide by going to Alabama or Louisiana, or Oregon, and still sit in the choir on Sunday. But the poor girl must have a new baby, which I am sure most of you are in line to adopt. I am sure you wouldn't mind a black baby in your white home. And where are you bible-thumpers when an innocent black man comes off death row? Are you in line to tell the governor to stop executing innocent lives? I seriously doubt it. You are probably the one saying you want to pull the trigger. Yes, innocent men, mainly poor and black, have come off death row in Mississippi. Look it up. Are you really for life? I doubt it.
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      by LCREZ on Jul 2, 2012 at 02:59 PM in reply to
      There are essentially two issues which must be resolved concerning unborn embryos and fetuses. The first is, "Are they human beings?" The second is, "Should they be recognized as persons under the law?" We've already established that there is no debate on the first question. It is a matter of plain, objective science. Embryos and fetuses are fully and individually human from fertilization on. If this were not true, if unborn children were not genetically-distinct human beings, there would be no need to even talk about rights of personhood. "Removing a fetus" would be the moral equivalent of pulling a tooth. This, however, is not the case, and so the debate must enter the political arena. Should humans be recognized as persons under the law? Yes, because humans are persons. Something is a person if it has a personal nature.1 In other words, something is a person if, by nature, it has the capacity to develop the ability to think rationally, express emotion, make decisions, etc. This capacity is something that a person has as soon as he begins to exist, since it is part of his nature (in other words, if he exists, he has it). Since humans have a personal nature, humans are persons. As for the fetus, since it is a human (something with a personal nature), it is a person.2 Just as a cat qualifies as a feline simply by being a cat, a fetus qualifies as a person simply by being a human.3 So, it is impossible for a fetus to not be a person. This fact should be enough. The intrinsic humanity of unborn children qualifies them as persons and should, therefore, guarantee their protection under the law. Since 1973, however, this has not been the case in America. The situation we are left with is this. There is a huge and singular group of living human beings who have no protection under the law and are being killed en masse every day. Is that not astounding?!
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        by Gregory on Jul 2, 2012 at 06:46 PM in reply to LCREZ
        So, LCREZ, I am assuming you support manslaughter charges for miscarriages -- because that makes as much sense as anything else you said.
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          by LCREZ on Jul 4, 2012 at 01:02 PM in reply to Gregory
          Miscarriages are not intentional ending of life. The reason it does not make sense to you is because you have been poisoned in your thinking. You can't really answer what I wrote because in your heart you know it is right. May God open you mind to the truth.
  • by Geezzz on Jul 1, 2012 at 07:39 PM
    Stop whining about this being a "Woman's right to choose" issue. It's a right to life for the unborn. If it's a "Woman's Right" then I guess she can kill anyone else she doesn't want in her life and it should be "OK".
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      by LCREZ on Jul 2, 2012 at 01:45 PM in reply to Geezzz
  • by Gregory on Jul 1, 2012 at 02:38 PM
    In this article: Mississippians rejoice over the loss of choice for women. In the next article: those same Mississippians complain about the leeches and "undesirables" of society. Hey, folks, I have a question for you: at what age do unwanted babies stop being "innocent children" and start being leeches? Oh, well. You know, there's saying that's applicable here: ignorant people don't experience cognitive dissonance.
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      by Not Surprised on Jul 2, 2012 at 10:33 AM in reply to Gregory
      Why don't you pack your bags up and move to a state that will appreciate your brilliance, I'm sure the peoples republik of kalifornia will suit you just fine!!!
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        by Gregory on Jul 2, 2012 at 06:45 PM in reply to Not Surprised
        You tell 'em, "Not Surprised"! Mississippi don't need no intelligent people, nohow!
  • by Angel on Jul 1, 2012 at 11:19 AM
    Is one sin greater than the other?when they took prayer out of the schools,was the Bible their main concern? U never no r will understand y a person does wat tey do ,BC u r not God,hes a forgiving God. Not like man.Mississippi is so _____ ___, its pitiful. In the end of everything he has d Last say so.ppl have no heaven r hell to put u n ,and I thank God 4 tat.
  • by LCREZ Location: lc on Jun 30, 2012 at 09:10 PM
    What about the right of the child to live and not be murdered? Abortion is a very sick thing to do to an undeserving, innocent child. We don't even allow this to be done to American eagles. It is an unalienable right to allow life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Abortion takes away the inalienable right to life to these children. BTW, would you like to live in a country where the Bible is not read, understood and obeyed? I doubt it. SO finding your morals from a time-tested book of genuinely clear goodness is wrong? I pity you.
  • by Unknown on Jun 30, 2012 at 08:16 PM
    I hope this clinic closes it doors, because abortions is wrong, if people is wanting to decide if a unborn baby lives or dies, they are playing God, which is not right. A unborn baby should deserve the right to be born to live the Life that Jesus Christ meant for them to have and to Serve Him in his or her life here on earth.
  • by waterman on Jun 29, 2012 at 08:41 PM
    If obamacare is constitutional then how can shutting done this place allowed. They should have a constitutional right to practice that right. And women should have a right to decide for themselfs. Just more bible thumpers trying to tell everyone else how to live.
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      by Just sayin..... on Jun 30, 2012 at 12:42 PM in reply to waterman
      And just which denomination of "Bible Thumpers" are you going to have at your funeral?
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