Tuesday, March 28

Mississippi abortion ban takes effect, last clinic closes Wednesday

On Wednesday evening, after some of the last patients to receive a legal abortion in Mississippi had left Jackson Women’s Health Organization, the last abortion clinic in the state closed its doors.

The next day, abortion would become illegal in Mississippi, with few exceptions.

Ten days after Attorney General Lynn Fitch certified that the US Supreme Court had overturned Roe v. Wade, the state’s trigger law will now take effect.

The trigger law passed the state legislature in 2007 and bans all abortions, whether performed surgically or via medication, with exceptions for pregnancies caused by rape and those that threaten the life of the mother. The rape exception requires a victim to have reported the crime to the police.

“Mississippi’s laws to promote life are solid and thanks to the Court’s clear and strong opinion in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, they can now go into effect,” Fitch said in a news release announcing that she was setting the trigger law into motion . “As we have said throughout this case, Roe v. Wade presented a false choice between a woman’s future and her child’s life. As we proceed in this post-Roe world, the people of Mississippi and of all the states will be able to fully engage in the work of both empowering women and promoting life. I am grateful that the Court has given us this opportunity.”


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