Monday, July 2, 2012

Federal Judge Blocks Draconian Mississippi
Abortion Law

Reuters has the basics:

(Reuters) - A federal judge on Sunday temporarily blocked Mississippi from enforcing a new law that requires doctors who perform abortions at the state's sole abortion clinic to have admitting privileges at a local hospital.

The state law, challenged last week by the Jackson Women's Health Organization, has threatened to make Mississippi the only U.S. state without an abortion clinic. It was set to take effect on Sunday.


The law signed by Republican Governor Phil Bryant in April requires all doctors performing abortions at a Mississippi clinic to be certified in obstetrics and gynecology, as well as to have admitting privileges at a local hospital.

Mississippi is a state that seems to me never to have learned the outcome of the Civil War, or possibly even the American Revolution, or at least the Constitutional Convention. Mississippi's predilections notwithstanding, federal law on abortion, beginning with Roe v. Wade which established a woman's "fundamental right" (i.e., constitutionally protected right) to an abortion prior to fetus viability, will surely find a state law effectively eliminating access to abortion for the women of an entire state unconstitutional. But as far as I can tell, no minds will be changed, and state legislatures will continue cranking out draconian, unconstitutional anti-abortion laws until the republic falls. We can all hope that won't happen next week.

1 comment:

  1. Good to see a little common sense from the judge... not the Republicans



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