Federal Judge Temporarily Blocks Law Aimed At Closing Mississippi's Only Abortion Clinic

The judge set a July 11 hearing on the state law, which would force physicians at the facility to have admitting rights at a local hospital.

The New York Times: Mississippi Law Aimed At Abortion Clinic Is Blocked
A federal judge on Sunday night temporarily blocked the State of Mississippi from closing its last remaining abortion clinic, which was the target of a new law designed to limit abortions (Santora, 7/1).

The Associated Press: U.S. Judge Temporarily Blocks Miss. Abortion Law
A federal judge on Sunday temporarily blocked enforcement of a Mississippi law that could shut down the only abortion clinic in the state. U.S. District Judge Daniel P. Jordan in Jackson issued a temporary restraining order the day the new law took effect. He set a July 11 hearing to determine whether to block the law for a longer time (Pettus, 7/1).

Bloomberg: U.S. Judge Blocks Mississippi Law To Stop Abortions
The law, which was to take effect yesterday, requires physicians associated with an abortion facility to have admitting privileges at a local hospital and be certified or eligible in obstetrics and gynecology. The Jackson Women’s Health Organization, the state's only clinic providing elective abortions, sued in U.S. District Court in Jackson, Mississippi, to stop the state health department from enforcing the rules, saying it hasn't been able to obtain admitting privileges for two physicians and the legislation is unconstitutional (Schneider, 7/1).

Reuters: Federal Judge Halts Mississippi Abortion Law
A federal judge on Sunday temporarily blocked Mississippi from enforcing a new law that requires doctors who perform abortions at the state's sole abortion clinic to have admitting privileges at a local hospital. The state law, challenged last week by the Jackson Women's Health Organization, has threatened to make Mississippi the only U.S. state without an abortion clinic. It was set to take effect on Sunday (Le Coz, 7/1).

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