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Abortion and Reproductive Rights in Mississippi

A collection of stories on reproductive rights in the state and Mississippi's only abortion clinic.

Civil Rights

Court Blocks Law That Would Close Mississippi's Only Abortion Clinic

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A federal court on Friday permanently blocked Mississippi's law that threatened to close the state's only abortion clinic by setting a hospital-privileges requirement the clinic couldn't fulfill.

City & County

BREAKING: Mississippi’s Abortion Clinic Shutdown Law Permanently Blocked

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A federal district court permanently blocked Mississippi’s Texas-style clinic shutdown law today, ensuring the last abortion clinic in the state will remain open.

City & County

UPDATED: City Agreement Outrages Abortion Clinic Owner, Staff

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Pro-Life Mississippi protesters reached an agreement with the City of Jackson recently in federal court to limit what they say are breaches of their constitutional right to protest. But the two parties did not consult with the clinic's owner, manager or any of the women who visit for treatment.

City & County

City Agrees to Stop Interfering with Anti-abortion Protesters in Fondren

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The City of Jackson recently entered into its second consent decree with a group of these protesters over interactions with the Jackson Police Department, alleging that police officers have consistently infringed their First Amendment rights since 1996.

Politics

Planned Parenthood Pushes Challenge of Mississippi Law

Planned Parenthood is asking a federal judge to quickly rule in its favor and overturn a Mississippi law that bans Medicaid spending with any health care provider that offers abortion.

Personhood

Abortion in Mississippi: ‘The Fight’s Not Over’

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Derenda Hancock and two other Pink House Defenders were sitting anxiously outside the Jackson Women's Health Organization with donuts and coffee the morning of June 27, all checking their phones for the news. Hancock saw it first on SCOTUS Blog.

Politics

The Curious Case of What the #MSLeg Passed, What It Didn’t

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With their right to spend their campaign donations on mortgages, automobiles, clothing, tuition payments or non-documented loans still firmly in place, state lawmakers closed up shop early and skipped town last week.

State

Firing Squads Out, But ‘Spice’ Regs, Execution Secrecy, Planned Parenthood Limits Headed to Governor

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The state’s one Planned Parenthood clinic will lose Medicaid reimbursements if Gov. Phil Bryant signs a bill headed to his desk.

State

Debate Rages Over Causes of Abortion Declines

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Abortion numbers could be down for multiple reasons, including higher distribution of contraceptives and the lowering of teen-pregnancy rates in states like in Colorado.

Politics

Target: Abortion Rights, Public Ed, LGBT Custody

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Women's rights and public education topped the Mississippi legislative agenda as it rolled past the Jan. 19 deadline for filing bills and into the fourth week of the session, while a move by a Democratic lawmaker to limit LGBT custody of children roiled many members of his own party.

Abortion

In Surprise Move, State's Abortion Clinic Added to Bill Restricting Planned Parenthood Funding

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In a surprise move Tuesday, the Mississippi House targeted Medicaid funding for the state’s only abortion clinic in addition to the state’s sole Planned Parenthood clinic. The bill would prohibit the Mississippi Division of Medicaid from paying any entity that performs non-therapeutic abortions.

Personhood

'Proper Burials' for 'Unborn Infants' Sought in Mississippi Bill

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The Mississippi Unborn Infants Dignity Act would entitle "miscarried, stillborn or aborted infants" to "proper burials" and make selling the "broken bodies of aborted infants" for scientific experimentation a crime in the state of Mississippi.

Abortion

'Unborn Child Protection' Bill Passes Mississippi House, 'Dangerous Precedent'?

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The "Mississippi Unborn Child Protection from Dismemberment Abortion Act" passed the Mississippi House of Representatives last week, meaning that legislators are back in the business of pushing anti-abortion legislation.

National

Several States Seek to Block 2nd Trimester Abortion Method

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Abortion opponents in Mississippi, West Virginia and several other states are filing bills to ban an abortion procedure commonly used in the second trimester that opponents describe as dismembering a fetus.

State

Mississippi’s Only Abortion Clinic Safe for Now

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Mississippi's last abortion clinic, which has been fighting a state admitting-privileges law for three years, is open—for now.

State

Jackson Abortion Clinic's Fate Up to SCOTUS

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Mississippi is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to let it enforce an abortion law that had been declared unconstitutional by a lower court.

State

Abortion Down in U.S., Mississippi, But Why?

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The abortion rate in Mississippi and across the U.S. is down, a new AP report released today shows. The question of why, however, is subject to wide and fierce debate.

Health Care

Planned Parenthood Saved My Life

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As Congress debates whether or not Planned Parenthood should continue receiving funding for providing health care to women, do me a favor and think of that young woman who may be able to live a healthy life because the organization was there in her hour of need.

Politics

The Rough Road to Reproductive Health Care

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Regardless of the state's appeal of the JWHO case, the fight for reproductive health in Mississippi will continue in the Mississippi Legislature.

Abortion

Planned Parenthood Bill Would Limit Cancer and STI Screening, Birth Control

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Medicaid recipients seeking birth control, STI testing or cancer screenings at the state's only Planned Parenthood clinic might get cut off if a Senate bill, which passed yesterday and then was held on a motion to reconsider, becomes law.

Civil Rights

Using the KKK to Fight Abortion Rights

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Groups such as the Ashburn, Va.-based Radiance Foundation have used ads to cast abortion as akin to genocide of African American children. Others are crying foul play.