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Miss. Appeals Ruling Against Admitting Privileges Law

August 14, 2014 — Mississippi's attorney general on Wednesday asked the full 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to review a ruling that struck down a state law (HB 1390) that could close the state's only abortion clinic, Reuters reports (Le Coz, Reuters, 8/13).

The law requires that physicians performing abortions have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals. The physicians at the Mississippi clinic sought admitting privileges at multiple hospitals but were denied, prompting the state to order the clinic to close for violating the law.

Last month, a three-judge panel on the 5th Circuit ruled in a 2-1 decision that the law would have illegally shifted Mississippi's constitutional obligations to other states by eliminating abortion access inside the state. The ruling preserved an existing stay against the law, allowing the clinic to remain open for now while the court case continues (Women's Health Policy Report, 7/30).