Wednesday, December 28, 2005
Mississippi's only abortion clinic is waiting to hear whether it will be granted a new state certification to continue performing its full range of procedures. The requirement to meet higher standards came after an aggressive push by anti-abortion advocates, who are trying to shut down the clinic. Earlier this year, a federal judge knocked down a recently enacted state law that would have barred early second-trimester abortions at the clinic. The law would have prevented abortions after 13 weeks' gestation, except in places with ambulatory surgical center standards. The clinic said it was ineligible for such a license in the state. Gov. Haley Barbour urged lawmakers to pass another law after the judge's injunction. That law, which took effect July 1, made the clinic eligible to apply for a license to meet those ambulatory surgical standards. Unless the clinic gains the certification, it will be illegal for the clinic to perform abortions beyond the first trimester. Source: Julie Goodman, The Clarion Ledger, clarionledger.com. For the complete story, please click here (last visited December 27, 2005, reo).