Hood Says No Decision Yet on Appeal


Mississippi's governor and attorney general must decide whether to challenge a federal appeals court ruling that's keeping the state's only abortion clinic open.

A 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel ruled 2-1 Tuesday to block a 2012 Mississippi law requiring abortion doctors to obtain admitting privileges at nearby hospitals.

During an interview after his speech at the fair Wednesday, Attorney general Jim Hood said he doesn't know yet whether the state will appeal.

"We're reading the opinion and will make a consideration on that," said Hood. "We'll probably make a decision by sometime next week. "

When Gov. Phil Bryant signed the law, he said he hoped it would end abortion in the state.

In defending the law, state attorneys said women with unwanted pregnancies could always travel to other states. But the judges ruled every state must guarantee constitutional rights, including abortion.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.


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