Bush Appointed Judge Keeps Mississippi Abortion Clinic Open

A federal judge in Mississippi continued his July 1 order to temporarily block a state law that could force the state’s only abortion clinic to close. At today’s hearing, U.S. District Judge Daniel Jordan, who was appointed by President George W. Bush, did not say how long the extension would last. The law requires two doctors at Mississippi’s only abortion provider, the Jackson Women’s Health Organization, to have admitting privileges at a local hospital, but no hospital has responded to the clinic’s request. The Supreme Court has ruled that states cannot create substantial obstacles to abortion access, so clinic attorney Robert McDuff said there will be “more clear evidence that there’s a substantial obstacle” to access to an abortion if the doctors are denied privileges at all area hospitals.