Reproductive Rights

04.16.13

Mississippi Abortion Clinic to Stay Open

Federal judge temporarily blocks part of a state law that would have shut down the Jackson Women's Health Organization.

Mississippi’s only abortion clinic will stay open, for now. On Monday, a federal judge blocked part of a state law that would have shut down the Jackson Women’s Health Organization by requiring doctors at abortion clinics to have admitting privileges at local hospitals. The two doctors who provide most of the procedures at the clinic have sought such privileges, but have been turned down precisely because they perform abortions—two hospitals refused to even let them apply. The state was planning to use that Catch-22 to revoke the clinic’s license after a hearing on Thursday. Monday’s reprieve is only temporary, pending a ruling on the law’s constitutionality. That means that Mississippi could still become the first state in the country without an abortion provider.