Mississippi’s only abortion clinic given life

The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Mississippi’s 2012 law unconstitutional that would have required doctors that perform abortions in the state to be certified in obstetrics and gynecology and have admitting privileges in a nearby hospital.

While the same court upheld a law in Texas that had a similar provision, the court determined that, because the law would shutdown Mississippi’s only abortion clinic, it would create an undue burden on women by forcing them to travel outside the state to exercise “the established federal constitutional right.”

Gov. Phil Bryant says the state will appeal the ruling.

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Neshoba County Fair Previews General Election

Leading into the 2014 General Election, Sen. Thad Cochran is trying to heal a rift in the Republican Party after the close Primary battle with Chris McDaniel.  Democrat Travis Childers is trying to overcome a lack of name recognition to take advantage of that rift and become the first Democrat elected to the U.S. Senate from Mississippi since John C. Stennis in the 1980s.

The Neshoba County Fair set the stage for the speeches from Cochran and Childers as well as other elected officials such as Gov. Phil Bryant and House Speaker Philip Gunn.  Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves closed Wednesday’s political speeches heralding his successes in filling up the state’s rainy-day fund, increasing revenues, and pushed for a tax-cut.

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