Reuters reports that, today, a highly controversial law in Mississippi that would have effectively banned abortion in Mississippi was temporarily blocked by a federal judge. Judge Daniel P. Jordan III extended a previous restraining order issued on July 1, the day the law was to have taken effect, in order to study how the law will be implemented.
Supporters of the law claim that they are only interested in the health of the women seeking an abortion by ensuring that the doctors involved are OG/GYNs and have admitting privileges at a local hospital. However, all of the local hospitals are under enormous pressure to not allow those privileges and so far none have. In addition, Lt. Governor Tate Reeves had this to say:
“The Legislature took steps to end abortion in Mississippi by requiring doctors performing abortion to have admitting privileges at a local hospital,” a May 3, 2012, press release from Reeves stated. “This measure not only protects the health of the mother but should close the only abortion clinic in Mississippi.”
Clearly, the goal is to ban abortion in the state of Mississippi by imposing onerous regulations that either cannot be followed by the clinic or allows a third-party the power to refuse the clinic its legal obligations. This is little more than an end-run around the Constitution as similar laws in other states attempt to regulate such inanities as hallway and closet size. Should the single Mississippi clinic somehow meet these new restrictions, the Republican led legislature will simply add new ones until they find something the clinic cannot do.
Hopefully the judge will take into account the intent and, indeed, the actual words, of the GOP in Mississippi to rule against the law and uphold the constitutionally protected right of women to control their bodies.
No word from Mississippi, which suffers from 9% unemployment, higher rates of poverty and higher rates of teen pregnancies, on how this will create jobs.
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