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Friday, January 25, 2013

Mississippi’s Only Abortion Clinic May Soon Close

Women's rights and pro-abortion rights supporters stand outside the Jackson Women's Health Organization on Tuesday. (Rogelio V. Solis/AP)

Women’s rights and pro-abortion rights supporters stand outside the Jackson Women’s Health Organization on Tuesday. (Rogelio V. Solis/AP)

Abortion opponents are rallying on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. this afternoon, to mark the 40th anniversary of the Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion.

In the four decades since Roe v. Wade, states have restricted access to abortion, for example by requiring wait times or, more recently, by adding layers of regulations to clinics where abortions are performed.

The latest battleground is Mississippi, which may soon become the only state in the nation without an abortion clinic.

The Jackson Women’s Health Organization, the only clinic in Mississippi where abortions are performed, could be forced to close because it’s having a hard time complying with a new state law that requires its doctors to have admitting privileges at a local hospital.

But the clinic is suing over the new rules.

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  • jer_dna

     Smile! — your mom chose life.

  • J Frog

    The wanted “unborn” vs the unwanted “fetus”.  Even liberal Mass. has a “fuzzy” definition of “person” and whose life gets defended:

    “Massachusetts first addressed the question of a viable fetus as a victim of homicide in Commonwealth v. Cass, (Mass. 1984), and later applied the same standard in a different setting in Commonwealth v. Lawrence, (Mass. 1989). In Cass, the defendant struck a female pedestrian while operating an automobile. The collision killed the victim’s eight-and-one-half-month-old fetus and resulted in the driver’s prosecution for violating the vehicular homicide statute. See id. Although it applied the rule prospectively, the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts held that the legislature contemplated that the term “person” would be construed to include viable fetuses in the homicide statutes.”

    “In Lawrence, the defendant was charged with first-degree murder of a sixteen-year old girl and involuntary manslaughter of her viable fetus. As it had in Cass, the high court held that a viable fetus could also be considered a “person” in the common law crime of homicide. See id. Subsequently, a man was convicted of two counts of involuntary manslaughter for shooting and killing his girlfriend and her viable fetus.  See Dorchester Man Convicted in Death of Woman, Fetus, BOSTON GLOBE, Apr. 19, 1991,”

  • newsnana

    Information on maternal complications, disability and  death rates in Mississippi as compared to the other states would have made the report more complete.  And the availability of pre and postnatal care? 

  • Jonathon Kilhoffer

    The only legitimate function of government is to protect our rights by protecting us from one another (even moms). There is a grey area within abortion, but over 90% are due to people that did not mean to have a baby, and want it dead as a matter of convenience. For the government to enact a law that protects your right to life seems like it is doing what it was instituted for.

  • Gordo

    Imagine if someone got the idea to take the same tactics and applied them to gun shops?

  • SteveShaaw

    Your 16 year old (smart as Wittgenstein, beautiful as Kate Upton, writes poems like Sylvia Plath, college-bound) confesses tearfully that she had sex 6 weeks ago.  You take her to the doctor and she’s pregnant.  She is horrified and repentant and pleads with you help her because she does not want a child.  “Dear, the only solution at this point is . . . an abortion.  We support you and we will help you through this.”   What do YOU say?  “Dear, you shouldn’t have had sex.  Now it’s too late.” 

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