Mississippi’s Lone Abortion Clinic May Have To Close On July 1

The Jackson Women’s Health Organization, the lone abortion clinic in Mississippi, will be forced to close on July 1 if its three doctors cannot secure hospital admitting privileges. Mississippi’s new abortion restriction requiring admitting privileges for doctors at abortion facilities goes into effect on July 1. The goal of the regulation was to end abortion services in Mississippi, and Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves (R) said that “if we require them to have admitting privileges, and the hospitals don’t provide them, and I don’t think they will, then we can end abortion in Mississippi.” Betty Thompson, a spokeswoman for the clinic, says “[w]e’re trying to comply, and we’re hoping something good will come from that.” The clinic has applied for admitting privileges at every eligible medical center in the Jacksonville area. –Alex Brown