Only Mississippi abortion clinic can't comply with law

By Emily Wagster Pettus/The Associated Press

JACKSON — Mississippi’s only abortion clinic missed a Friday deadline to comply with a state law requiring each of its physicians to get hospital admitting privileges.

The state Health Department won’t close the clinic immediately. The department will set an inspection later, and if it orders a shutdown, the clinic can appeal.

Diane Derzis is administrator of the clinic, Jackson Women’s Health Organization. She says every Jackson-area hospital where the clinic applied for privileges said it doesn’t want to deal with the pressure of being associated with abortion providers.

Republican Gov. Phil Bryant signed the law in 2012, and he says his goal is to shut the clinic.

The clinic filed a lawsuit last summer, and a federal judge gave the facility time to try to comply with the law.