Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Clutch the Pearls! Good News in Mississippi.

A federal judge ruled this week that Mississippi could not enforce a law designed specifically to shut down Jackson Women's Health Organization, the one abortion care provider in the whole state. The law required clinic doctors to have admitting privileges at local hospitals. Ostensibly a safety regulation, Mississippi's Governor Phil Bryant admitted to a group of pastors, "My goal of course is to shut it down." As Bryant and the legislators knew, clinic doctors are denied privileges at all local hospitals because they performed elective abortions. Not for nothing they call these TRAP (Targeted Regulation of Abortion Providers) laws.

Judge Daniel P. Jordan III, a George W. Bush appointee, found that regulating the clinic out of existence constituted an undue burden on Mississippi women's right to choose. It takes impressive chutzpah to argue, as Mississippi did, that these women could simply travel 200 miles to a neighboring state. Particularly when the neighbors have 24 hour waiting periods. Did I mention that Bryant thinks that Democrats' "one mission in life is to abort children, is to kill children in the womb?"

Before I start swearing again, let's remember that we actually won this battle. So, today's $5 is for the Center for Reproductive Rights, which is participating in this case.

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