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.
For more information:
- Mississippi’s Only Abortion Clinic Will Remain Open
- Judges Block Abortion Curb in Mississippi
- Ruling: U.S. Court of Appeals Case No. 13-60599
- Mississippi Will Appeal Court Ruling
- Bryant: MS will move forward to appeal abortion clinic decision
- 2012: House Bill 1390
- 2013: Mississippi appeals to overturn ruling that blocks closing of state’s lone abortion clinic