Jackson Women's Health Organization has been the only abortion clinic in Mississippi since 2004. Super coincidentally, the state — the poorest in the country — has the highest teen pregnancy rate, more than 60 percent above the national average in 2010. But Mississippi's legislators fail to see the correlation between the state's low abortion rate and high babies-having-babies rate and would like more of the latter, please: as of Monday, a new law might finally do away with Mississippi's lone clinic. Why, yes, it is 2012, thanks for asking!
This spring, Mississippi's Republican Governor Phil Bryant signed a measure into law that requires abortion providers to be board certified in obstetrics and gynecology and to have physicians with admitting privileges at a nearby hospital. Sounds super reasonable and safe, right? That's what the lawmakers hope: their attempts to ban all abortions last fall by defining life at the moment eggs are fertilized (see: Personhood movement) didn't go over so well with selfish voters who care about their own right to choose, so this time around they're returning to the good ol' "This protects the ladies!" justification.