Earlier last year, in Jackson Women’s Health Organization v. Currier, a panel of judges on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit blocked a law that would have shut down Mississippi’s only abortion clinic. Refusing to give up, Mississippi asked all the judges on the Fifth Circuit to rehear the case. The State’s request was denied by the entire Fifth Circuit. Still determined, just last week, Mississippi asked the Supreme Court to review the Fifth Circuit’s decision blocking the law.
The Mississippi law would require abortion providers to obtain admitting privileges at a local hospital though such privileges are medically unnecessary, not required of any other medical provider, and are opposed by medical groups like the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG). But it gets worse – when the doctors, all competent and certified ob-gyns, attempted to comply with the law, they were denied privileges at every hospital to which they applied. This means that if the law were to go into effect, the state’s only clinic would be forced to close. Numerous clinics across the country have already been forced to close due to admitting privileges requirements.
Mississippi’s relentless efforts to shut down the State’s only abortion clinic prove just how dedicated politicians and officials are to ensuring women in their state are deprived of their constitutional right to an abortion.
The Fifth Circuit’s decision in this case makes clear that Mississippi’s efforts to shut down its only abortion clinic are unconstitutional, writing: “Mississippi may not shift its obligation to respect the established constitutional rights of its citizens to another state.” The Supreme Court should deny review, sending the message yet again to the determined state of Mississippi that a woman’s constitutional right to an abortion cannot be taken away.