Mississippi has only one abortion clinic, serving mainly poor women and minorities for 17 years. People with means can travel to a more lenient State.
In April of 2012, the Governor signed into law House Bill 1390…TO REQUIRE THAT ALL PHYSICIANS WHO PERFORM ABORTIONS IN ABORTION FACILITIES MUST HAVE ADMITTING PRIVILEGES AT A LOCAL HOSPITAL AND MUST BE BOARD CERTIFIED IN OBSTETRICS AND GYNECOLOGY
Abortion is legal is this country, but every Mississippian concerned has been loud and proud about the real purpose of the “Admitting Privileges” bill:
- Governor Phil Bryant: “I will continue to work to make Mississippi abortion-free.”
- The Lt. Governor: “the measure should effectively close Mississippi’s only abortion clinic” and “end abortion in Mississippi.”
This is my favorite:
- State Representative Bubba [Bubba!] Carpenter told a group of local county Republicans: “We have literally stopped abortion in the state of Mississippi,” and “the other side [is] like, ‘Well, the poor pitiful women that can’t afford to go out of state are just going to start doing them at home with a coat hanger.’ That’s what we’ve heard over and over and over. But hey, you have to have moral values.”
The clinic, Jackson Women’s Health Organization, filed a federal lawsuit asking for relief so the clinic could stay open. The order was granted in part: the “Admitting Privileges Bill” stands; but the clinic may continue to operate while its physicians seek admitting privileges, and the State agrees not to punish the clinic for non-compliance in the meantime.
The two physicians doing most of the abortions (both certified OB/GYNs), have applied for Admitting Privileges at 12 area hospitals (fifty-page applications). The two major hospitals in Jackson, where the clinic is located—including the University of Mississippi’s teaching hospital—refused to accept their applications. The other 10 turned the doctors down for “administrative reasons.”
And so it goes.
But, hey (as Bubba might put it), there’s hope. Mississippi just ratified the 13th Amendment