Mississippi abortion clinic unlikely to close quickly

By Emily Wagster Pettus/The Associated Press

JACKSON — Mississippi’s only abortion clinic is not likely to close immediately because of a law that puts new restrictions on it. That’s according to court papers filed by state attorneys defending the law.

The clinic, Jackson Women’s Health Organization, filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday seeking to block the law, which requires anyone doing abortions at the clinic to be an OB-GYN with admitting privileges at a local hospital.

The clinic is asking a federal judge to block the law from taking effect Sunday, as scheduled.

Assistant attorneys general responded to the lawsuit Thursday, saying the clinic’s concern about being closed July 1 is “ill-founded.”

They say that under normal procedures, if a clinic is found not complying with a law, it has at least 30 days for an administrative hearing.