In Mississippi, there’s only one abortion clinic remaining — and because of a law passed earlier this year that is designed to protect women’s health, it may soon close.
In April, Mississippi passed a law that requires doctors who perform abortions to have admitting privileges to a nearby hospital. However, at the one remaining abortion facility — Jackson Women’s Health Organization — there are three doctors, and only one has admitting privileges.
“We believe wholeheartedly that this is a health issue for women,” says Mississippi Republican House member Sam Mims, who sponsored the bill. “Having an abortion is a very serious procedure, and we hope and pray that nothing goes wrong during the procedure. But if it does, the physicians ought to be able to follow that patient into a local hospital.”