Mississippi Women’s Health Organization Speaks Out on Abortion – FOX13 News Memphis

WATCH: A case that could end up overturning Roe v. Wade started in Mississippi

JACKSON, Miss – The case that could end up overturning Roe v. Wade started in Mississippi.

The state legislature passed a law in 2019 that shortens the period during which women can have an abortion.

It’s been stuck in court ever since.

FOX13 reporter Tom Dees traveled to Jackson, toured the clinic that challenged the law, and spoke to attorneys on both sides.

Jackson Women’s Health Organization is the clinic around which the case revolves.

In 2018, the Mississippi legislature passed a law banning abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy instead of the previous standard of 20 weeks, except for rape and when the mother’s health is at risk.

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The Jackson Women’s Health Organization immediately challenged the law.

Rulings from state and US appellate courts blocked the law.

Last winter, the case went to the United States Supreme Court.

Laura Duran of Pro-Life Mississippi has been based outside the abortion clinic for nine years.

“What they’re doing is great. It’s been so long in coming — almost 50 years, when they gave us the law or the decision. I don’t think it’s law,” Duran said.

Derinda Hancock is part of the Pink House Defenders, a group of pro-choice volunteers who escort women seeking abortions to and from the Jackson Women’s Health Organization.

The clinic currently only performs abortions within 16 weeks of pregnancy.

“As far as we were concerned, there was no victory in this thing. Either Roe would be completely overturned or the 15-week ban would be upheld, which would overthrow Roe, which would just be a slower process,” Hancock said.

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Mississippi’s 15-week ban law comes with a trigger that would ban abortion altogether if Roe v. Wade was canceled.

“I pray now that we have a small movement for them to handle the situation and save babies from abortion,” Duran said.

“Then abortion is practiced in the state of Mississippi and in many states here in the South,” Hancock said.

State lawmakers we contacted would not comment on the leaked draft notice.

Attorney General Lynn Fitch said she would wait to see the High Court’s final decision.


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