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Oh, Hey, That Law That Will Probably End Up Closing Down The Only Mississippi Abortion Clinic Takes Effect Today

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Try not to have a vagina in Mississippi unless you want men named Bubba referring to an entire state's worth of women regressing to coathanger abortions as "starting somewhere."


There wasn't even really one of those distractions or BS tactics employed by Governor Phil Bryant and co. to cover up the fact that this is all about a conservative vendetta against women's choices—you know, when they're like "this is about helping the women" or "LOOK, WHAT'S THAT OVER THERE!" Frankly, dude made no bones about wanting to put the kibosh on abortions in Mississippi back in April when he signed the law, which requires anyone performing abortions at the state's only clinic to be an OB-GYN with privileges to admit patients to a local hospital. Bryant and legislators who pushed the new law argue that if a woman has issues at the clinic, it would be safer if she would be able to be accompanied by her clinic doctor to the hospital rather than being handed off to a new doctor. Thanks to red tape, this is harder than it seems, and failure to comply with the mandate requires immediate shutdown.


Bryant has said frequently that a cornerstone of his campaign is getting Mississippi "abortion-free." They're not wasting any time, either! The Health Department is heading over to check out the clinic tomorrow, and if it's not complying with this new law (which, given the short amount of time to prepare, the clinic has already said they won't be), they have 10 days to rework their organization to Health Department standards and will be judged before a hearing 30 days later.


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Update in case anyone else has not posted it yet—not so fast:

Mississippi Abortion Law Temporarily Blocked By Federal Judge

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...

In the order, Jordan wrote: "Plaintiffs have offered evidence – including quotes from significant legislative and executive officers – that the Act's purpose is to eliminate abortions in Mississippi. They likewise submitted evidence that no safety or health concerns motivated its passage. This evidence has not yet been rebutted."

Stay tuned...