Mississippi House Passes Measure Aimed At Closing The State’s Only Abortion Clinic

Mississippi’s House of Representatives just passed a bill that would require doctors at abortion clinics to have admitting privileges at a local hospital. While the language may sound innocuous, in actuality it means that the single abortion clinic in Mississippi would have to be closed if they could not find a doctor who met these specific requirements. The bill is one of three bills trying to regulate or end abortions currently being considered in the Mississippi House. Mississippi voters previously rejected a “personhood” amendment that defined a fertilized egg as a “person,” effectively banning all abortions, birth control, and in vitro fertilization, but personhood supporters plan to bring up the amendment again in 2013.