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Mississippi's Lone Abortion Clinic Can Stay Open, For Now

•, By Kate Sheppard
The restraining order temporarily blocks a new law requiring doctors at the Jackson clinic to have admitting privileges at a local hospital in order to continue performing abortions. CNN reports:
The judge's order blocks enforcement of the law at least until the next hearing on the matter, which is scheduled for July 11.
"I'm jubilant," said Diane Derzis, clinic owner and president. "It means the constitutional rights of women to make their decision, for the time being, is in place."

The law in question is one of several types of regulations that abortion-rights advocates often refer to as "TRAP laws," short for "Targeted Regulation of Abortion Providers." These are laws that only apply to abortion clinics and are designed to make it difficult for them to continue operating.

Although the Mississippi law might not seem like a big deal on its face, it threatened to make it impossible for women in Mississippi to obtain a safe, legal abortion. Only in-state doctors can get admitting privileges at the hospitals near the Jackson clinic, but most of the doctors who work at the clinic commute from out of state.

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