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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Federal Court Blocks the Closing of Mississippi's Only Abortion Clinic

Posted by on Tue, Jul 29, 2014 at 3:36 PM

Campbell Robertson at the New York Times:

A federal appeals panel on Tuesday blocked a Mississippi law that would have shut down the only abortion clinic in the state.

The three-judge panel for the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, in New Orleans, ruled by 2 to 1 that in closing the state’s sole clinic, Mississippi would have shifted its constitutional obligations to neighboring states. Closing the clinic, the court said, would place an undue burden on a woman’s right to seek an abortion.

The bolded bit is interesting language that seems to hinge on the fact that this is the only abortion clinic in Mississippi. The Times story notes a similar Texas law was not blocked by the same court earlier this year.

All I can think of when I read this story is how brave the people who work in that clinic must be. Can you imagine working at the only abortion clinic in Mississippi, how much of a target that building must be? I can't stop thinking about how much devotion it must take to go to work at that clinic every day. The staff at that clinic are heroes.


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Indeed Paul. It's so easy to be progressive (or whatever we should call it) when you're in Seattle, SF, or NYC. In Mississippi? That takes guts.
Posted by gnossos on July 29, 2014 at 3:54 PM · Report this
fletc3her 2
Yes, my heart goes out to those on the front line. Standing up to violent threats takes real courage.
Posted by fletc3her on July 29, 2014 at 5:46 PM · Report this
Knat 3
It must be draining enough just to do that job, where every day you're helping people on what's likely the worst day of their life (as relayed in a link in the Satanic Temple/Hobby Lobby post from Anna earlier today). Starting each morning with the underlying dread that today some right-wing psychopath might make you a statistic can't possibly help. In Mississippi, I think that's a reasonable fear.
Posted by Knat on July 29, 2014 at 7:05 PM · Report this
So, they waited for the neanderthals to shut down the last abortion clinic to say that Miss would be dumping its constitutional obligation unto neighboring states by not providing abortion services? It'd be laughable if it weren't so tragic.
Posted by anon1256 on July 29, 2014 at 9:24 PM · Report this
Besides having to worry that they will be shot for doing what is still technically legal in the US, the abortion docs at that clinic also have to try to calm women traumatized by walking through a bunch of creeps screaming directly in their faces, thanks to our heroes on the Supreme Court. If we'd been told 20--hell, 10--years ago this would be happening, we wouldn't have believed it.
Posted by sarah70 on July 29, 2014 at 10:40 PM · Report this
The thing about abortion is that no matter how you slice it, it is a stand before God moment, even if you don't believe in God.

That is the crux of it. Our Bill of of Rights allows each of us to stand NAKED before our God or disbelief in God as WE as free individuals define the MOST PERSONAL of DECISIONS.

The STATE should tread as lightly as possible for THE STATE can not KNOW the answer to the MOST personal of decisions.

It is rarely a decision that is made flippantly despite what the anti-abortion/birth control folks might scream.

Posted by Machiavelli was framed on July 29, 2014 at 10:41 PM · Report this
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@5 - that is because 20 years ago there were still plenty of women of childbearing age who could well remember what it was like before there was access to abortion, just barely, but they were there.

Now we have two generations of women who came of age in a post-Roe, post-Griswold world, who take these things for granted - indeed, these things have remained accessible, despite three decades of highly organized opposition, so people tune out the threat. NARAL sounds like Chicken-Little. One hopes that the reality will start to re-energize political support for reproductive rights.

I'm a broken record, I've said this before...I just think it needs to be said again and again...
Posted by AFinch on July 30, 2014 at 7:48 AM · Report this
Mississippi, probably one of the poorest states in the U.S. Also one of the least educated states in the U.S. (republican voter base) Did their politicians miss the bus on this legislation? Were they not present when all this legislation came down? republicans are strange people, looking for votes among people that can't even spell their last name.
Posted by longwayhome on July 30, 2014 at 9:07 PM · Report this

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