As we’ve covered before, a new Mississippi law has been threatening to shut down the last remaining abortion clinic in the state. The law, which calls for the clinic’s out-of-state doctors to have admitting privileges at a local hospital, was a fairly blatant attempt to make Mississippi “abortion-free.”
A judge previously temporarily blocked the law from going into effect twice while the Jackson Women’s Health Clinic tried–unsuccessfully to nobody’s great surprise–to secure the privileges. Now the court has blocked the law while it is challenged in court.
As RH Reality Check notes, the judge’s ruling sends a promising message. The lawyers defending the law tried to argue that even if Mississippi no longer has a single abortion provider, that’s cool, because forcing someone to travel to another state doesn’t place an “undue burden” on the right to choose. The court seemed to disagree, saying that it ”would result in a patchwork system where constitutional rights are available in some states but not others.”