Despite the accusations of critics, the law does not outlaw abortion in Mississippi. The law simply adds badly needed safeguards to abortion procedures. What makes the law so heinous is that it applies to one clinic – Mississippi has only one abortion mill in the entire state that can “service” women.
The new law requires doctors to be properly licensed and to have the ability to follow their patients to the hospital should the mother’s life also be in danger. Presently, two of the three doctors at the clinic are from out of state and cannot accompany women to the hospital for lack of privileges. The doctors must apply for such privileges.
Meanwhile, the clinic’s abortion provider, Diane Derzis, told reporters that in spite of the new law, she would quit doing abortions “Over my dead body” and added, “We’re going to do whatever it takes to keep servicing the women of Mississippi.”
So instead of complying, Derzis will continue providing abortions and getting paid, over the dead bodies of children.
State legislators have made clear the law is intended to implement common-sense safety measures designed to protect women. Nothing in the law outlaws abortion. Recent events at the clinic have provided justification for the law. Inspections have revealed mass record falsification, cover up attempts, and on January 21, three women were sent to local hospitals with complications. At least 76 pages worth of violations have been accrued by the clinic, driving home the critical need for safety measures.
Unfortunately, Judge Daniel P. Jordan III issued a temporary order, restraining the law from taking effect. It is believed that the judge may be unaware of the clinic’s violations, or may simply be choosing to ignore them.
For now, Mississippi’s only abortion mill will continue servicing women, and possibly sending them to the hospital immediately afterwards, without a doctor in attendance.
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