Federal Judge Stops Mississippi’s Anti-Choice Law — For Now

The state's last remaining abortion clinic will remain open.

By Jamilah King Apr 16, 2013

Mississippi will be able to hold on to its last remaining abortion clinic. Here’s more from a press release from the Center for Reproductive Rights: > Judge Daniel P. Jordan III wrote in his opinion: "Closing [the clinic] doors would–as the state seems to concede in this argument–force Mississippi women to leave Mississippi to obtain a legal abortion…[The state’s position in this case] would result in a patchwork system where constitutional rights are available in some states but not others." > > This ruling isn’t final–the state can still appeal–but it does block the law from going into effect for the time being. The New York Times’ Campbell Robertson wrote that the victory keeps Mississippi "at least temporarily, from becoming the first state in the country without an abortion clinic." Last year, Mississippi residents [voted against](http://colorlines.com/archives/2011/11/mississippians_vote_no_on_26_but_personhood_zealots_press_on.html) an amendment that would have outlawed abortion in the state. As a result, Mississippi’s anti-choice lawmakers just made it a lot harder for abortion clinics to operate in the state by requiring doctors who perform abortions to get admitting privileges for their patients to enter local hospitals. Those privileges are extremely hard to get. Judge Jordan’s ruling this week [blocks the state](http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/04/15/mississippi-abortion-clinic_n_3088861.html) from revoking the licenses of Mississippi’s last remaining abortion clinic.