Only Abortion Clinic in Mississippi Challenges New law

By: Courtesy: AP Email
By: Courtesy: AP Email

Mississippi's only abortion clinic is suing to stop a law from taking effect that it says will effectively ban the practice in the state.

Jackson Women's Health Organization in the federal lawsuit filed Wednesday said the law to start Sunday is unconstitutional. It also says it imposes "medically unjustified requirements on physicians who perform abortions."

The law says anyone doing an abortion at a clinic must be an OB-GYN with privileges to admit patients to a local hospital. A clinic spokeswoman says the three physicians who work there are OB-GYNs but don't have admitting privileges that can be difficult to obtain.

The lawsuit, filed in Jackson, claims it's impossible to get admitting privileges by Sunday.

Republican Gov. Phil Bryant says he hopes the law reduces abortions.

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