Abortion. Just uttering the word in Mississippi can draw out a fiery sermon from the conservative view against it, and a passionate liberal argument in it’s defense. For now it still lives on in the state, though legislation is working hard to place heavy stipulations against it.
In April, the Mississippi Senate passed an abortion regulation law, which requires that all abortion clinics meet two regulations, that each doctor must be a board-certified OB-GYN and that the clinic must have admitting privileges at the local hospital. The clinic’s owner, Diane Derzis, told the Associated Press that every doctor at her clinic is board certified, but only one has admitting privileges at the local hospital.
After the bill was signed into place by Gov. Phil Bryant, the clinic was granted a restraining order by U.S. District Judge Daniel Jordan. The clinic believes the new law is not for safety’s sake, that it only wants to eliminate abortion in Mississippi. Jordan will hear both sides of the argument again on July 11 to determine if the restraining order will be upheld.