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Court saves last abortion clinic in Mississippi

Mississippi's last abortion clinic, the Jackson Women's Health Organization.

Mississippi’s last abortion clinic, the Jackson Women’s Health Organization.

Finally, reason prevails. At least in Mississippi. At least this week.

It seems Mississippi passed a law in 2012 that would have effectively shut down the last abortion clinic in the state. The law requires that abortion doctors have admitting privileges at a local hospital and only one of the three doctors at the clinic was able to get such privileges. The other two were denied by seven different hospitals because their “medical practice is inconsistent with” the hospitals’ practices.

Tuesday a federal court ruled against the law. The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals noted this isn’t a matter of whether abortion is legal; the Supreme Court “long ago” established that it is.

As reported by CNN, the judges wrote:

“The ultimate issue in this appeal is whether the state of Mississippi can impose a regulation that effectively will close its only abortion clinic.” …

“We … hold that Mississippi may not shift its obligation to respect the established constitutional rights of its citizens to another state. Such a proposal would not only place an undue burden on the exercise of a constitutional right, but would also disregard a state’s obligation under the principle of federalism — applicable to all 50 states.” …

… “a state cannot lean on its sovereign neighbors to provide protection of its citizens’ federal constitutional rights.”

Nice to know there is still some sanity left in at least one U.S. court.

9 Comments »

  1. Good news PT. I congratulate the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for being able to see what’s really at stake here. Of course, your “at least this week” comment is well made, for I’m sure the dingbats are plotting their little hearts out at this very moment!

    • An astute observation. I can’t speak for the male/female balance in the state legislatures that pass a lot of these onerous laws, but we all know what happens when the 5-Catholic-men majority on the Supreme Court gets to rule on them.

"Nothing is more dangerous than ignorance and intolerance armed with power." ~ Voltaire

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