A law was passed in the 2012 legislative session that requires doctors performing abortions in the Magnolia State to be certified OBGYNs and to have admitting privileges at local hospitals. The law would render the clinic impotent, as no doctors who practice regularly there have those privileges. The clinic's operator told us in June they do not believe the rule to be medically necessary.
A fedral judge ruled July 1, the day the law was set to go into effect, that Mississippi cannot enforce the law in keeping with U.S. Supreme Court precendent that says states cannot place undue burdens or obstacles in front of women seeking abortions. Some, like Gov. Phil Bryant, said when the law was passed they hoped it would make Mississippi abortion-free.
Operation: Save America staged a protest there earlier this month and would like to see the clinic shut down immediately. Members say they support laws that would do so.
"This is the last abortion clinic in the state of Mississippi, so we're praying God is gonna close it down," said a protestor, "so that the innocent blood will begin to stop crying out from the ground for justice."
Diane Derzis, the clinic's owner, told media Wednesday that the new law would effectively ban the procedure in Mississippi if it goes into effect.