Good news for the uteruses of Mississippi: There has been a small complication in the relentless Republican drive to make their state abortion-free. Yesterday a federal judge temporarily blocked enforcement of a new law that would have shut down the Jackson Women's Health Organization, the only abortion clinic operating in Mississippi. It's a small victory for those who don't want women to have to resort to coathangers and back alleys, but unfortunately it's not at all clear how long this reprieve will last.
As you may remember, the law requires that doctors performing abortions in the state have privileges to admit patients to the local hospital. The problem is that the two of the three OB-GYNs who perform abortions at the state's only remaining clinic (pictured above, complete with protesters) travel from out of state to do them and don't have local admitting privileges. Despite the clinic's efforts to comply with the new law, the nearby hospitals have made it exceedingly difficult (read: impossible) for the clinic to obtain these privileges. Thus, this law will effectively shut down abortions at this clinic and ensure that Mississippi is officially thrust back into the dark ages.