A federal Court of Appeals recently declared unconstitutional a Mississippi law in which opponents can effectively shut down the state’s lone abortion clinic.
In a 2 to 1 court ruling, the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals halted the state from deploying a signed measure by Governor Phil Bryant that prompted doctors in an abortion clinic to acquire admitting rights at a local hospital.
The Court of Appeals felt that the statute adds an obstacle in the path of a female looking to abort, which violates a woman’s right to make abortion as choice, as recognized by the Supreme Court over 40 years ago.
The Jackson Women’s Health Organization, which functions as the state’s only licensed abortion facility, sued the state two years ago, alleging the law was made to shut the clinic down.
Attorneys of the state indicated the law was appropriately regulated in the medical profession that makes abortion facilities equal to health and safety standards as that of other outpatient surgical clinics.