Judge to consider block of Miss. abortion law
Abortion opponents Ron Nederhoed, center, and Ashley Sigrest, right, argue with the Jackson Women's Health Organization's administrator Shannon Brewer, right, over the opponent's trespassing onto the property of Mississippi's only abortion clinic in Jackson, Miss., Monday, July 2, 2012, after a federal judge issued a temporary restraining order Sunday, that blocked enforcement of a law that could regulate the clinic out of business. The law would require any physician doing abortions at the clinic to be an OB-GYN with privileges to admit patients to a local hospital. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A federal judge will hear arguments Wednesday about whether to extend his temporary block of a law that could close Mississippi's only abortion clinic.
The law would require anyone doing abortions at the Jackson Women's Health Organization clinic to be an OB-GYN with privileges to admit patients to a local hospital.
The clinic says it has been unable to obtain admitting privileges for its two out-of-state physicians. It also argues in court papers that the requirement "gives hospitals a third-party veto over the availability of abortion in Mississippi."
State attorneys argue the requirement is designed for patient safety.
U.S. District Judge Daniel P. Jordan (JERR-dun) III temporarily blocked the law July 1, the day it was to take effect.