Mississippi's Only Clinic Where Abortions Are Performed Stays Open, For Now

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This Nov. 21, 2013 file photo shows abortion support signs outside of the Jackson Women's Health Organization clinic in Jackson, Miss. A federal appeals court panel ruled Tuesday, July 29, 2014 that a Mississippi law that would close the state's only abortion clinic is unconstitutional. (Rogelio V. Solis/AP)

Women seeking abortions in Mississippi will still be able to go to the Jackson Women’s Health Organization, after a federal appeals court yesterday blocked implementation of a 2012 state law requiring that doctors who perform abortions to have admitting privileges at local hospitals. The hospitals have refused to grant that privilege.

The state of Mississippi may appeal. It is one of 11 states that have passed admitting privileges laws that activists acknowledge have been more effective in reducing access to abortions than so-called “personhood” laws that define when life begins.

The Wall Street Journal’s Cameron McWhirter has been examining state laws that restrict abortions. He joins Here & Now’s Robin Young with details.


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