June 29, 2012 — Mississippi filed court papers Thursday arguing that the state's only abortion clinic is not in immediate danger of closing because of a law (HB 1390) that puts new restrictions on its doctors, the AP/San Francisco Chronicle reports.
The documents respond to a suit that the Jackson Women's Health Organization filed on Wednesday to prevent the law from taking effect on July 1. The measure requires doctors who provide abortion services to be board certified in obstetrics and gynecology and have admitting privileges at a local hospital. The health department has said the clinic will be inspected on Monday.
In the state's filing, attorneys wrote that "the immediate concern that the clinic may be closed on July 1 is ill-founded" because another state law gives facilities that are out of compliance with health department regulations at least 30 days for an administrative hearing. If the license is revoked at the hearing, the facility has another 30 days to appeal the decision (Wagster Pettus, AP/San Francisco Chronicle, 6/28).