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Last Miss. Abortion Provider Celebrating Victory
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(file) Jackson Women's Health Organization
Jeffrey Hess

A federal district court ruling saves one Mississippi clinic from shutting down. Judges permanently stopped the law that would have put the state's only abortion provider at risk. MPB's Alexis Ware reports. 

A federal court dismissed the state law that would require doctors to have admitting privileges at local hospitals. The law was put on hold while Jackson Women's Health Organization tried to meet the requirement. Director Shannon Brewer rejects the notion that the law was about women's health. 

"They were so busy trying to get the facility closed down. That's what they were working on. Not the health care of women or if women were getting taking care of. Their main focus is closing the clinic."

Governor Phil Bryant supported the law. A  statement from the Governor's Office says quote, "Governor Bryant remains committed to making Mississippi the safest place in America for an unborn child." 

Tanya Britton is a Pro-Life Mississippi Board Member. She says the law would have protected women from malpractice. 

"When you have physicians or abortionists who come in and out of the city and travel around the Southeast committing abortions at various abortion facilities. They have no vested interest in our community. They have no vested interest in our citizens. 

Britton says she disagrees with the court's ruling and that the law would have led to safer healthcare for women.