Currier v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization
Issue: (1) Whether the Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment requires Mississippi to exempt physicians at the State’s only abortion clinic from complying with a medically legitimate health and safety regulation that applies to physicians at all other outpatient surgical facilities; and (2) whether Mississippi House Bill 1390, which requires that abortion physicians have admitting privileges at a local hospital to handle complications that require emergency hospitalization, imposes an undue burden under Planned Parenthood v. Casey regardless of the geographical availability of abortion services in adjoining states in light of the equal protection principle articulated in Missouri ex rel. Gaines v. Canada.
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In other words, our clinic is waiting to see if the U.S. Supreme Court will hear Mississippi’s request that we be shut down for not meeting an impossible standard created by Mississippi’s legislature.
Here’s another way of looking at it:
The Mississippi case that’s also on the court’s Friday calendar involves a 2012 state law that requires all physicians associated with an abortion facility to have admitting privileges at a local hospital. Two of the three doctors at the state’s only licensed abortion clinic lack local hospital admitting privileges.
“It was designed to be impossible to satisfy,” attorneys for the Jackson Women’s Health Organization said of the law, “with Mississippi officials openly admitting at the time it was enacted that it was intended to close the last abortion clinic in the state and make Mississippi ‘abortion free.’”
Our clinic and lawyers are waiting to see if the Justices will hear this appeal by The State of Mississippi, reject the appeal and send it back to the lower courts, or perhaps make a judgment on this appeal in a ruling from a different, similar case.
So, we and the people of Mississippi wait.
We will update everyone as soon as we hear something from our legal team.
Here is a pretty good analysis of the situation
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