Mississippi to appeal injunction in abortion clinic case

Mississippi State NewsThe Associated Press

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi has filed a notice that it will ask a federal appeals court to overturn a judge’s ruling that temporarily blocked authorities from closing the state’s only abortion clinic.

U.S. District Judge Daniel P. Jordan III ruled in April that the state couldn’t close Jackson Women’s Health Organization while the clinic still has a federal lawsuit pending.

The state filed a notice on Friday that it would ask the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans to overturn the decision.

The clinic’s lawsuit, filed last summer in U.S. District Court in Jackson, challenges a 2012 state law that requires each OB-GYN who does abortions at the clinic to have admitting privileges at a local hospital.

Supporters of the law, including Republican Gov. Phil Bryant, say it’s designed to protect women’s health, but opponents say it’s designed to close the clinic and cut off access to abortion.

Jordan allowed the law to take effect, but he blocked the state from closing the clinic while the clinic tried to get admitting privileges. Such privileges can be difficult to obtain, because hospitals often won’t give them to out-of-state physicians. The clinic uses out-of-state OB-GYNs, including one from Chicago.

The lawsuit is scheduled for trial March 3.

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  • FrereJocques

    If the Federal court(s) fall for this argument, the War on Women will have won a major victory. There is no doubt as to what the goal of the Repugnicants are. Keep ’em barefoot and pregnant down on the farm.

  • guest

    The sad part about Gov. Bryant and those that share is mindset is that they are not preventing abortions and unwanted pregnancies. The wealthy will just go out of state and the poor will just resort to the back alleys. Middle class and poor women will pay the price for others misguided religious beliefs and the use of government to get between a woman and her doctor. It is almost like we are living with the Taliban.

    • 1941641

      “It is almost like we are living with the Taliban.”

      Then, it’s no surprise to you that we are living with the “Taliban,” the Misssissippi Taliban, led by Ayatolla “Phil” Bryant and his Mississippi Christian-Right Mullahs!!

  • the_rocket

    Reverend Bryant doesn’t want the government to tell you not to have a BIg Gulp soft drink, but he’s perfectly willing to legislate his idea of morality down your throat.