By Emily Wagster Pettus/The Associated Press
JACKSON — Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant on Monday signed a bill putting new requirements on doctors who work at the state’s only abortion clinic. It becomes law July 1.
It says anyone performing abortions in an abortion facility must be an obstetrician-gynecologist with admitting privileges at a local hospital. Those privileges aren’t easy for doctors to get, either because they live out of state or because some religious-affiliated hospitals might refuse to associate with people who perform elective abortions.
Diane Derzis, who runs the Jackson Women’s Health Organization, disputes such privileges are needed and says the requirements threaten the clinic’s existence. She says she’ll sue if the clinic can’t meet the new requirements.