July 13th, 2012
07:38 PM ET

Mississippi clinic can continue performing abortions, judge rules

Doctors at Mississippi's sole abortion clinic are allowed to continue performing the procedure, even if they do not have admitting and staff privileges at an area hospital, as required by a new state law, a federal judge ruled Friday.

But state officials can begin an administrative process that could ultimately lead to the closing of the clinic, said U.S. District Judge Daniel P. Jordan III.

The law took effect July 1 and requires all abortion providers in Mississippi to be certified obstetrician/gynecologists with privileges at local hospitals. Doctors at Jackson Women's Health Organization, the only abortion provider in the state, come in from other states, and only one of its doctors is authorized to practice at a nearby hospital.

Supporters of the new law say it is intended to protect women from unscrupulous practitioners, but others say it's part of a move to outlaw abortions in the state.

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  1. chris

    In what way would this protect women? They already admitted this is just a backdoor way to outlaw abortions in that garbage state, which already has the highest teen birth rate. The state is violating the law.

    July 13, 2012 at 8:10 pm | Report abuse |
  2. JaSoN VooRheeS

    Mississippi still allowed todo abortions? I am so in the wrong business. HEheheheheheh! The State won't let me have my 24" Stihle back.

    July 13, 2012 at 8:16 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Dott

    At least some states still honor the law of the land. It is legal to have an abortion – what is everyone's problem with that. Don't want one then don't have one. I won't say a word about it. None of my business is it?

    July 13, 2012 at 8:53 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Rascal Rabble

    the law was upheld...you coat hangers support inept, substandard care to women in the name of killing babies...your true colors are showing...

    July 13, 2012 at 8:58 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Rascal Rabble

    gov has the right to his opinions...it's was a higher standard of care which is required of every other medical discipline that was legislated into law NOT the govenor's opinion...the judge is a bootlegger to entertain foolish suppositions when the intent of the legislature is clearly stated in the context of the law...judge just legislated exceptions...his ruling should be overturned

    July 13, 2012 at 9:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rascal Rabble

      any accredited healthcare organization has to meet those same requirements...so one can conclude these abortionists are not licensed to practice in that state and that facility is unaccredited..is that the kinner butcher shop care y'all advocating for women???

      July 13, 2012 at 9:19 pm | Report abuse |
  6. JH

    is there not enough people in the world already. We need to cut back on the human population by handing out birth control and or the morning after pill to keep from needing abortion clinics and start limiting our natural resource intake or nobody is going to have anything soon. Having children that wont have a home or parents that will love them is a no brainer to me.

    July 13, 2012 at 9:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dott

      Not needing an abortion would be a good thing if birth control never failed. However to remove a fertilized egg from a woman is only that. A mass of tissue that will, if left in place, become an unwanted and unloved child. Better to stop the birth than to have a baby and then abuse it. Right?

      July 14, 2012 at 10:48 am | Report abuse |
    • Rascal Rabble

      the irony that a self-proclaimed dott would dare to call somebody insignificant...the unborn is a person and has dignity...

      July 14, 2012 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
  7. JaSoN VooRheeS

    I am an abortion, and how mean I get. There going to let me get my farm in Texas.

    July 13, 2012 at 10:15 pm | Report abuse |
  8. salinesolution

    This is just a symptom of a larger problem. Americans today no longer take responsibility for their actions. Theres always an excuse or rationalization, or it's someone elses fault. How selfish is to murder an innocent child because it doesn't fit into your life plan? And for anyone who says that I don't understand, when I was 14 I choose life for my son instead of taking the easy way out and murdering him before he was born.

    July 14, 2012 at 10:45 am | Report abuse |
  9. salinesolution

    If you go to a doctor with an illness the doctor might try to help with the symptoms but the main goal is to eliminate the cause.
    Abortion would be a dead issue no pun intended if we focused on why they need abortions instead of who is getting one and where. At some point forced sterilization will probally be needed for those people to stupid to realize that having 9 kids while on welfare is a bad idea.

    July 14, 2012 at 10:57 am | Report abuse |
  10. Mary

    @ Dott, Who is really been loved by a human?

    July 14, 2012 at 11:05 am | Report abuse |
  11. Adult Survivor

    As an adult survivor of an abortion attempt made by my own mother and a Mexican MD (back when abortions were illegal in the USA), I can tell you that women didn't burn their bras back in the 60s so that babies could more readily access teets for nourishment.

    July 14, 2012 at 11:10 am | Report abuse |
  12. Adult Survivor

    LOL. if president Obama or Bush wore a disguise and went to an MD with depression issues, both would end-up being bi-polar.

    July 14, 2012 at 11:13 am | Report abuse |
  13. Adult Survivor

    Yep. If Abraham Lincoln himself were alive and wore a disguise while visiting your good doktor, your good doktor would diagnose good old Abe as bipolar.
    And Abe would be wondering 'that the hell?' if you told him women abort their own children now, and some do it legally!

    July 14, 2012 at 11:22 am | Report abuse |
  14. Rev. Bill Coathanger, MD

    God bless this holy abortion in his name. Amen.

    July 14, 2012 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
  15. Philip

    hErrO. mY nAme Is pHILup aNd I aM fOur-PoLAr. hoW mAny ARe yOu?

    July 14, 2012 at 11:29 am | Report abuse |
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