Last Mississippi abortion clinic at center of U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe vs. Wade ends his lawsuit against the state, where a near-total ban bans abortion care in most cases.
The Jackson Women’s Health Organization’s ‘Pink House’ clinic – named for its shiny pale pink exterior – has dropped a challenge to the state’s so-called ‘trigger’ law enacted following the Supreme Court ruling revoke the constitutional right to abortion care.
The state’s ‘trigger’ law went into effect July 7 after a Mississippi court denied the clinic’s motion to block it, forcing the clinic to close and an end to abortion care in the state. ‘State. The state Supreme Court declined to hear an appeal, and the clinic’s owner, Diane Derzis, sold the building.
“As a result, we have dismissed our case on behalf of the clinic,” said Rob McDuff, attorney for the Mississippi Center for Justice, which represents the clinic. “If the clinic is unable to reopen in Mississippi, it no longer has a basis to pursue this matter in court.
Ms. Derzis plans to open a clinic in Las Cruces, New Mexico, “where she can provide abortion care without fear of being jailed for 10 years,” according to Mr. McDuff.
The Jackson Women’s Health Organization, which operated Mississippi’s last abortion clinic before it closed, played a pivotal role in challenging the state law banning abortion at 15 weeks gestation. That case made its way to the Supreme Court, which upheld the law on June 24 while reversing the half-century precedent for abortion rights since the 1973 ruling in Roe vs. Wade and its confirmatory decision in 1992 Planned Parenthood versus Casey.
The state also has a “trigger” law on its books since 2007. This law prohibits abortion in almost all cases, at any stage of pregnancy, except in cases of rape or to save the life of the woman. pregnant person. There is no exception for incest pregnancies. This law came into force following the decision of the Supreme Court in Dobbs v Jackson Women’s Health Organization.
“We will continue to work for the day when this right is restored and every Mississippian has the resources to make their own reproductive and family planning decisions,” Mississippi Center for Justice President Vangela Wade said in a statement. a statement.
Mississippi is among at least eight states that have effectively banned abortion entirely following the Dobbs decision.
Lawsuits by abortion rights advocates and abortion providers have temporarily frozen some anti-abortion laws, and restraining orders are currently blocking those laws in Kentucky, Louisiana and Utah while their legal challenges take place in court.
As many as 26 states could ban abortion without the federal protections previously in place under deer. State anti-abortion lawmakers are working on more restrictive laws that are expected to pass through GOP-dominated state legislatures in the coming weeks and months.