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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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