Federal Judge Blocks Mississippi Anti-Abortion Law

On Sunday, a federal judge temporarily blocked a Mississippi law that would have shut down the only abortion clinic in the state. The Republican-backed legislation effectively outlaws abortion in Mississippi “by imposing medically unjustified requirements on physicians who perform abortions.” The judge who blocked the law wrote that “though the debate over abortion continues, there exists legal precedent the court must follow.” On July 11, the court will revisit the law, which would have gone into effect on Sunday. If the clinic is shut down, Mississippi would be the only state in the country without an abortion provider.

Nina Liss-Schultz