The owner of Mississippi’s sole abortion clinic says she will sue the state if her business can’t comply with a Senate sent House Bill 1390 that Gov. Phil Bryant said he would sign.
The bill requires doctors working at abortion clinics to be OB-GYN certified and have admitting privileges to a local hospital. Currently only one OB-GYN working at the clinic has admitting privileges because most hospitals will not grant the privileges to out-of-state physicians. Many Clinic doctors who have been stalked and threatened in Mississippi live out of state to protect their safety.
Kirby said he was not aware when he presented the bill that the doctors were already OB-GYN certified but argued the bill would ensure that that they always would be. Closing the clinic would resort push women to unsafe means, particularly poor women who cannot afford to travel out of state to visit an abortion clinic. Clinics close to Mississippi include those in Tuscaloosa, Ala.; Memphis, Tenn.; Mobile, Ala.; and New Orleans.
A judge could issue a temporary injunction on the law that would allow her clinic to stay open until the lawsuit is resolved.
Bryant opposes abortion rights and supported the “Personhood Amendment” that was defeated by Mississippi voters last year.