Last week, the Mississippi Department of Health served the Jackson Women’s Health Organization, the last remaining abortion provider in the state, a notice of intent to revoke the clinic’s license. According to state officials, the clinic has failed to comply with a 2012 law requiring that all doctors performing abortions at the facility also have hospital admitting privileges, which reproductive health advocates argue is an arbitrary regulation intended to shutter clinics and effectively ban abortion.
The Jackson clinic has applied for admitting privileges with seven area hospitals, but has been rejected each time. State law allows healthcare facilities to refuse any medical service on religious grounds, which extends to granting admitting privileges, leading critics to conclude that the denials are politically motivated.
And, of course, they are.