MS Could Lose Last Abortion Clinics

    Adam Browne, right and his wife Debbie Browne, hold signs supporting a proposed amendment to the Mississippi state constitution on Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2011 in Jackson, Miss. Mississippi voters were asked Tuesday whether life begins at conception, a state constitutional amendment with a chance of becoming the first victory for the so-called personhood movement that aims to make abortion illegal. If approved, the initiative will almost certainly bring legal challenges because it is at odds with the U.S. Supreme Court's 1973 landmark Roe v. Wade decision that gave women the right to an abortion. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

    Rogelio V. Solis

    Mississippi women may have to leave the state to get an abortion starting July 1. A new law passed by the state’s Republican-dominated legislature requires doctors at abortion clinics to have admitting privileges at an area hospital. But at the one remaining Mississippi clinic that provides abortions, the three doctors there that perform the procedure say they haven’t been granted the necessary privileges. If that doesn’t change for the doctors of the Jackson Women’s Health Organization, it may be only a matter of weeks before Mississippi becomes the first state without an abortion clinic. Wendy Parmet, a law professor at Northeastern University, said there’s no “guarantee of access” when it comes to abortion. “States can’t create legal barriers or penalties,” Parmet says, “but they can make it practically really, really difficult.”

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