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Appeals Court Rules in Favor of State’s Last Abortion Clinic

JACKSON, Miss. — Mississippi’s last abortion clinic will stay open. The Fifth US Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld and injunction blocking a state law that required physicians at abortion clinics to have admitting privileges to hospitals. The law was enacted in 2012 and would have forced the Jackson Women’s Health Organization to close, because physicians at the clinic were unable to obtain admitting privileges.

The panel ruled that Mississippi may not shift its obligation to uphold the constitutional rights of its citizens to another state, citing a U.S. Supreme Court decision form 1973.

 

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