Update: Temporary Stay Extended for Abortion Clinic

By: Mike McDaniel Email
By: Mike McDaniel Email

U.S. District Judge Daniel Jordan decided to extend a temporary restraining order, which he first put in place July 1. Mississippi lawmakers passed a law this year requiring those who perform abortions to be OB-GYNs and have local hospital admitting privileges.

Mississippi's only abortion clinic, located in Jackson, filed a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the law.

The order, issued Wednesday, will continue to block the law from going into effect.

The abortion clinic says its physicians are certified OB-GYNs, but only one currently has admitting privileges. Representatives say that doctor is a back-up physician and doesn't preform abortions.

Before issuing a ruling, Jordan said he wanted to review enforcement regulations which were adopted by the Board of Health Wednesday morning.

"Well, I'm pleased. I think that we're still in a waiting and seeing posture," said Diane Derzis, clinic owner. "I think that Michelle did a fabulous job of presenting the case of constitutional issues and the dangers that the clinic foresees."

"The law that was passed was a law that was passed by a duly elected legislature, by the people of the state of Mississippi and the expectation is that those laws be upheld," said Tanya Britton of Pro Life Mississippi.

It's not clear how long the extension will last or when the judge will make his ruling.

Meanwhile, the clinic has applied for privileges to at least seven hospitals within a 30-mile radius and, as of this writing, hasn’t heard back from any of them.

The clinic's owner says one hospital, St. Dominic's, said don't even bother applying.


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