Today is the day that Judge Daniel Jordan will rule on Mississippi’s new “Admitting Privileges” abortion law. The law was scheduled to go into affect on July 1, but a temporary restraining order filed by Mississippi’s lone abortion clinic, Jackson Women’s Health Organization, halted implementation until the hearing today.
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Pro Life Mississippi Calls on Planned Parenthood to Join in Support of New “Admitting Privileges” Law to Promote Women’s Health.
Pro Life Mississippi officials have sent a letter to pro-abortion organization Planned Parenthood’s national and state offices inviting the group to join in support of the new “Admitting Privileges” law in Mississippi. The law was scheduled to go into affect on July 1, but a temporary restraining order filed by Mississippi’s lone abortion clinic halted implementation until a full hearing on July 11.
In the letter, Pro Life Mississippi President Dana Chisolm writes:
“While our organizations obviously differ on the core issue of abortion, one thing we do hold in common is support of women’s health. Similar laws are already in place in 13 other states holding opportunistic doctors accountable for atrocities against women.
Admitting privileges will require the purchase of malpractice insurance where currently there is no requirement, giving injured women no redress against shoddy practices. On staff OB-GYN’s, as required in the law, provide a higher level of service for the women of Mississippi.
Our organizations may end up disagreeing on many other issues, but certainly we can agree that a woman’s health is of paramount importance. Certainly we could agree that the 2,000 plus Mississippi women each year who feel they must make the horrific choice of abortion deserve a higher standard of care.”
Chisolm had this to say about the letter: “In Mississippi we have itinerant doctors coming in from other states to administer dangerous procedures on our young women. Within hours they are traveling back home to their families, leaving these poor young ladies to fend for themselves. We have witnessed young ladies faint and vomit on the sidewalk in 100 degree temperatures while attempting to get back to their car with no staff assistance. There simply is no room for this level of barbarism in a civilized society. Regardless of the other political issues surrounding abortion, we should at least be able to agree on that.”
View the letter here: PlannedParenthoodLetter7-5-12
Pro Life America Network’s Mississippi Chapter President Terri Herring talks about regulating abortion in Mississippi
BY: B. Keith Plunkett–@Keithplunkett
A new Mississippi law requiring admitting privileges for all abortion clinic doctors went into affect on July 1. The law was signed by Governor Phil Bryant on April 16, and was in affect just a few hours before Judge Daniel P. Jordan granted a temporary restraining order blocking the law from being enforced prior to a hearing on July 11. You can view that order HERE.
The temporary restraining order keeps State Dept. of Health officials from performing an inspection to verify the clinics lack of admitting privileges. That inspection was to happen today.
One person who was present when Governor Bryant signed the bill into law is Terri Herring. Herring has worked tirelessly for 26 years in the pro-life movement in Mississippi and has seen the ups and downs. The Pro Life American Network Mississippi Chapter President learned the news of the restraining order just hours after she sat down with me to talk about the pro-life movement in Mississippi, and the new law. Herring said in a follow up email yesterday that she fully expected the restraining order to be issued, and was not surprised. She pointed to 7 years of legal challenges before the enforcement of Mississippi’s Parental Consent law could finally become the law of the land as an example.
The Jackson Women’s Health Organization is expected to use legal challenges to put off the lack of compliance with the new law. But, Herring has proved she is in this fight for the long haul.
In this interview, Herring discusses becoming involved in 1986 as a young mother of three, the many pro-life bills before the Mississippi Legislature this year, the current law and it’s implementation, and what she expects to push for in the legislature in 2013.