U.S. Judge Blocks Abortion Law

    In this June 27, 2012 photograph, anti-abortion advocates stand outside Mississippi's only abortion clinic, singing and praying for their patients, and "counseling" them to reject abortion. Mississippi could soon become the only state without an abortion clinic because of a new law taking effect July 1. Critics say the law would force women to drive hours across the state line to obtain a constitutionally protected procedure, or could even force some to carry unwanted pregnancies to term.The clinic's owner, Jackson Women's Health Organization, sued Wednesday, in a federal lawsuit to stop a law that it says will effectively ban abortion in the state and endanger women's health by limiting access to the procedure. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

    Rogelio V. Solis

    A federal judge put a temporary restraining order on a Mississippi law that would have shut down the state’s only abortion clinic, hours after the law took effect. U.S. District Judge Daniel P. Jordan set July 11th as the date to determine whether to block the law for a longer time. The law had required everyone who performs an abortion to be an OB-GYN with privileges to admit patients to a local hospital. The state’s lone abortion clinic, Jackson’s Women Health Organization, filed a lawsuit seeking to block the law, saying the privilege requirement is not medically necessary and the law was only written that way to shut down the clinic.

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