It has been a long time coming, but unless a Federal court takes action on Sunday, a new state law will take effect, making Mississippi the first state where it is no longer possible to get a legal abortion.
The short of it is that the governor has signed a bill that requires abortion providers in the state to have in state hospital admitting privileges. On its face, that might not seem onerous, except there are no hospitals that will give the three out of state clinic doctors admitting privileges.
Not so long ago, "abortion reduction", was being sold as the "common ground" between the pro-choice and anti-abortion camps, when in fact, it has been the core of the antiabortion political and legislative strategy since before the Casey decision of the Supreme Court in 1992. The strategy was developed over several months in 1996 and formally adopted by a coalition of 45 top anti-abortion and religious right leaders. Their manifesto, The America We Seek: A Statement of Pro-Life Principle and Concern was published in several conservative journals and was also signed by several Democratic-leaning activists, most significantly, former Governor Robert Casey Sr. of Pennsylvania.
Rachel Maddow explains how the "right" which women are supposed to have under the Roe vs. Wade decision of he Supreme Court is essentially being banned by the imposition of medically unnecessary regulations whose sole purpose is to make abortion more difficult or impossible to get. And leading pols in the state couldn't be more frank about their intentions and pleased by their apparent success.
The piece on Mississippi comes at about 1.37 of this segment.
The last abortion clinic in Mississippi is/was the Jackson Women's Health Organization.