JACKSON — Mississippi is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to let it enforce an abortion law that had been declared unconstitutional by a lower court.
In papers filed Wednesday, state Attorney General Jim Hood asks the nation’s highest court to overturn a ruling by the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant signed a law in 2012 requiring physicians at the state’s only abortion clinic to obtain privileges to admit patients to a nearby hospital. The clinic sued to block the law. Its physicians have been unable to obtain privileges, partly because hospitals won’t grant them to out-of-state doctors.
The appeals court ruled last year that the law could block access in Mississippi to a constitutionally protected medical procedure by closing the only abortion clinic in the state.
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