From AP:

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A federal judge has temporarily blocked Mississippi from revoking the license of the state's only abortion clinic.

U.S. District Judge Daniel P. Jordan III on Monday extended an injunction he issued several months ago. It blocks the state from closing the clinic while it tries to fulfill a 2012 state law.


Jordan's ruling says the state cannot close the clinic while it still has a federal lawsuit pending to challenge the 2012 law.


More on this from The New York Times:

The ruling is not final, but it did keep the law from going into effect while a decision on its constitutionality is made, keeping Mississippi, at least temporarily, from becoming the first state in the country without an abortion clinic.

The law, passed in the spring of 2012, requires doctors at abortion clinics to have admitting privileges at local hospitals. Lawmakers said at the time that the requirement was intended to protect the health of women, though the governor and several legislators did not disguise their hopes that it would lead to the closing of the state’s lone clinic, the Jackson Women’s Health Organization.


Originally posted to Animal Nuz on Tue Apr 16, 2013 at 07:42 AM PDT.

Also republished by State & Local ACTION Group and Pro Choice.

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