COPY-Only abortion clinic in Miss. challenges new law - - Jackson, MS

COPY-Only abortion clinic in Miss. challenges new law

Associated Press

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Mississippi's only abortion clinic filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday challenging the constitutionality of a law taking effect Sunday.

The clinic, Jackson Women's Health Organization, argues the law will effectively ban abortion in Mississippi "by imposing medically unjustified requirements on physicians who perform abortions."

The law says anyone doing an abortion at a clinic must be an OB-GYN with local hospital admitting privileges. A clinic spokeswoman says the three physicians who work there are OB-GYNs but don't have admitting privileges. They can be difficult to obtain, either because doctors live out of state or because religious-affiliated hospitals don't grant them to doctors who perform abortions.

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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