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State may shut down Mississippi’s only abortion clinic

An anti-abortion rally in front of a planned parenthood

An anti-abortion rally in front of a planned parenthood building

Reuters reported today that Mississippi’s only abortion clinic is expected to be shut down unless a federal judge blocks a state law, which if implemented would require all abortion physicians in Mississippi to have admitting privileges at a local hospital.

The Jackson Women’s Health Organization is calling the law an unconstitutional attempt to ban abortion in Mississippi, Reuters reported.

Mississippi is the state with some of the country’s strictest abortion laws and one of the lowest abortion rates in the United States. Additionally, Mississippi has the highest teen pregnancy rate in the country – more than 60 percent above the national average.

The law requires all abortion providers to be board certified in gynecology and obstetrics, as well as have admitting privileges at a local hospital.

Advocates of the law, including a number of state law makers, argue that it is intended to protect women’s health. But others have said they hope the law will shut down the abortion clinic.

Diane Derzis, who runs the clinic, told Reuters she sent requests on behalf of all the physicians to every hospital within 30 miles. All of the hospitals either rejected the applications or refused to even consider them, she said.

“It is now clear that plaintiffs have no hope of being able to comply with the Admitting Privileges Requirement,” it said in the filing by the New York-based Center for Reproductive Rights, which represents the clinic in court.

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Indiana Senate candidate says pregnancy resulting from rape “is something God intended”

Indiana Senate candidate Richard Mourdock said Tuesday during a debate that pregnancies resulting from rape “is something that God intended to happen,” according to the Indiana television station WLKY.

All three candidates said they were pro-life, but Mourdock took it a step further.

“I believe that life begins at conception. The only exception I have to have an abortion is in that case of the life of the mother,” Mourdock said. “I struggled with it myself for a long time, but I came to realize that life is a gift from God and I think even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape, that it is something that god intended to happen.”

He later clarified that God does not intend for rape to occur, rather God is the only one who can create life.

“Anyone who would suggest that is just sick and twisted. No, that’s not even close to what I said,” Mourdock said.

According to the Associated Press, he stood by his comments on Wednesday.

“I spoke from my heart. And speaking from my heart, speaking from the deepest level of my faith, I would not apologize. I would be less than faithful if I said anything other than life is precious, I believe it’s a gift from God,” Mourdock said at a news conference.

Mitt Romney’s campaign condemned Mourdock’s statement, though they did not cancel a television ad in which Romney endorses Mourdock.

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