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Fate of state's only abortion clinic in federal court

NEW ORLEANS — The future of Mississippi’s only abortion clinic soon will be up to a federal appeals court. At issue today before the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans is a 2012 Mississippi law requiring any physician who does abortions at a clinic to have admitting privileges at a local hospital. Jackson Women’s Health Organization has ...

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Bryant signs controversial abortion ban bill

JACKSON — Gov. Phil Bryant on today signed a bill to ban abortion starting at the midpoint of a full-term pregnancy. Supporters say it’s designed to protect women’s health, while abortion-rights advocates say it’s unconstitutional. House Bill 1400, which becomes law July 1, will ban abortion starting at 20 weeks’ gestational age. That’s defined as 20 weeks since the start ...

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Bryant says he will sign new abortion-restricting bill

JACKSON — Gov. Phil Bryant said yesterday that he looks forward to quickly signing a bill that would ban abortion at 20 weeks, the midpoint of a full-term pregnancy. “This measure represents a great effort to protect the unborn in Mississippi,” Bryant said in a statement after House Bill 1400 passed the House 91-20 and the Senate 41-10. The bill ...

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Court of Appeals to hear arguments in abortion clinic case

NEW ORLEANS — A federal appeals court in New Orleans will hear arguments April 28 in a lawsuit challenging a 2012 Mississippi law that threatens to close the state’s only abortion clinic. The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals notified attorneys of the date yesterday. The clinic, Jackson Women’s Health Organization, filed a federal lawsuit over the law, which requires ...

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Legislators mulling new regulation on abortions

JACKSON — Mississippi lawmakers are considering banning abortion after 20 weeks’ gestation, halfway through a normal full-term pregnancy of 40 weeks. Exceptions would be made to prevent permanent physical damage or death of the pregnant woman, or in cases of several fetal abnormalities. Health Department statistics show 2,176 abortions were done in Mississippi in 2012, the most recent statistics available. ...

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Bryant's State of the State focuses on jobs, education

JACKSON — Gov. Phil Bryant presented a generally optimistic outlook about Mississippi during his State of the State address, focusing on job creation and saying he believes the state can improve its academic performance with charter schools and merit pay for teachers. Republican Bryant, who’s beginning his third year as governor, said he wants to hire more Highway Patrol troopers, ...

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State to ask judge to clear way to close abortion clinic

JACKSON — Mississippi will ask a federal appeals court to overturn a ruling that has temporarily blocked authorities from closing the state’s only abortion clinic. U.S. District Judge Daniel P. Jordan III ruled in April that the state couldn’t close Jackson Women’s Health Organization while the clinic still has a federal lawsuit pending. The state filed a notice on Friday ...

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Judge sets conference date for abortion clinic lawsuit

JACKSON — A federal judge has set an Aug. 15 status conference in a lawsuit in which Mississippi’s only abortion clinic is fighting to remain open. The suit, filed last summer, challenges a 2012 state law that requires each OB-GYN who does abortions at the clinic to have admitting privileges at a local hospital. U.S. District Judge Daniel P. Jordan ...

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Abortion clinic fighting closure; urging patients to help

JACKSON— Mississippi’s only abortion clinic can’t meet the mandates of a 2012 state law, and the governor wants to shut it down. But the Jackson Women’s Health Organization is not quietly retreating. The law requires that the clinic’s doctors have local hospital admitting privileges. They can be hard to obtain, and some hospitals won’t give them to the doctors because ...

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Abortion-inducing drugs now state-regulated

JACKSON — Gov. Phil Bryant has signed a bill that regulates the prescription and use of abortion-inducing drugs. He signed Senate Bill 2795, and it becomes law July 1. It says a physician must be present when a woman takes drugs prescribed to end a pregnancy in its early weeks. It also says the woman must have a follow-up physical ...

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