MS Abortion Clinic Saved

    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)

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    Mississippi has only one abortion clinic—and, for now, it's going to stay that way. A judge ruled Friday that the clinic could remain open after its existence was challenged by a new law that requires abortion doctors to have local-hospital admitting privileges. Since neither of the clinic's two doctors had those privileges, the clinic stood to close. Pro-choice advocates say the law is a barely concealed attempt to ban abortions entirely in the state. Republican Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant, a supporter of the law, claimed the ruling "defend[s] this important measure," despite the fact that the clinic won't close. The battle will likely continue. Mississippi has the highest teen-pregnancy rate in the United States.

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