JACKSON, Miss. – Mississippi’s only abortion clinic will remain open for now. The U.S. Supreme Court will not hear arguments, before this fall, in a case over a state law which would require clinic physicians to obtain privileges to admit patients to a local hospital.
The owner of the clinic had said hospitals would not grant the privileges to its’ doctors because they live out-of-state. She says she is fighting the law because the refusals would effectively close her business and deny women their right to have an abortion.
The court’s silence Tuesday on an appeal by the state means a lower court order blocking Mississippi from enforcing the law will remain in place. The justices will meet again in September and could add Mississippi’s case to the list of those it will consider when its October term begins.