Jackson abortion clinic to stay open... for now

JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) - Mississippi's only abortion clinic will remain open, for now.

U.S. District Judge Daniel Jordan III issued a preliminary injunction Sunday evening. The action temporarily blocks House Bill 1390 from taking affect, according to the Center for Reproductive Rights.

A July 11th hearing has been set to determine whether to block the law for a longer period of time.

The legislation requires any physician performing abortions in the state to have admitting privileges at an area hospital and be a board certified OB-GYN.

A number of doctors at the Jackson Women's Health Organization do not have admitting privileges at a local hospital.

The New York based Center for Reproductive Rights filed a federal lawsuit last week on behalf of the Jackson based abortion clinic.

Governor Phil Bryant's spokesman, Mick Bullock, issued this statement shortly after the ruling.

"Gov. Bryant believes HB 1390 is an important step in strengthening abortion regulations and protecting the health and safety of women. The federal judge's decision is disappointing, and Gov. Bryant plans to work with state leaders to ensure this legislation properly takes effect as soon as possible."

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