Wall Street Journal: Abortion Clinic Presses to Stay Open

By Cameron McWhirter

"Mississippi's only abortion clinic says it won't be able to meet a requirement of a new state law that tightens regulations for abortion providers, and has asked a federal judge to prevent state officials from revoking its license.

The law, passed by the state legislature this spring and in effect since July, requires all abortion clinics to have admitting privileges at a local hospital for all of its doctors. But in a request for an injunction filed in U.S. District Court in Jackson recently, the Jackson Women's Health Organization said eight major hospitals in the state have rejected its request to grant privileges to two of its three obstetrics and gynecology doctors.

Several other states have similar admitting-privilege rules for abortion clinics, but in those states the clinics were able to find hospitals to accept their doctors, according to Michelle Movahed, an attorney for the Center for Reproductive Rights, an abortion-rights group that is supporting the Mississippi clinic's lawsuit."

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