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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  • by planet earth on Jun 29, 2012 at 01:09 PM
    i am waiting for one of these teaparty people to say they have to follow the law, and then say they are not going to follow the new health care law. the law is the law, we dont go to choose which one we follow. you dont like it, change the law.
  • by Ed on Jun 28, 2012 at 08:56 AM
    Most of these hospitals are run by churches. They should have to pay taxes if they discriminate based on their beliefs. Waiting for the Federal Injunction.
  • by John Location: Meridiab on Jun 27, 2012 at 04:20 PM
    Regardless of where you stand on the issue of abortion, who dares see some hack that can't get admitting priviledges to a hospital? This is the type goof that killed Michael Jackson.
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