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Jackson Women's Health Organization and Willie Parker v. Mary Currier and Robert Shuler Smith

Jackson Women's Health Organization and Willie Parker v. Mary Currier and Robert Shuler Smith

Challenge to a Mississippi state law designed to close the state’s only abortion clinic, which requires abortion providers at the clinic to be board certified OB/GYNs and have admitting privileges at local hospitals. The clinic has been unable to comply and faced a hearing before the board of health. In April 2013, the U.S. District Court granted a preliminary injunction prohibiting the law from taking effect while the suit is pending. Current Status: The state of Mississippi appealed the temporary injunction to the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which heard argument on the case on April 28, 2014. (See the law here. See the court order here. Read more about the case here.)