On Tuesday, the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in favor of continuing operation for the last abortion clinic in Mississippi.
The ruling came in opposition of a 2012 state trap law that required medical providers at the clinic to have hospital admitting privileges at a local hospital. Doctors working for the clinic sought privileges, but were turned away by seven different hospitals. The clinic, unable to meet the demands of the law, was going to have to close its doors.
Now that won’t be happening.
The ruling defends Roe v. Wade within Mississippi, as the Supreme Court previously ruled via Roe v. Wade that states could not, “not impose an undue burden on a woman’s right to access abortion up until the fetus would be viable outside the womb, or around 22 to 24 weeks into the pregnancy.” With this ruling, it’s reaffirmed that states may not shift the responsibility of supporting women’s right to abortion access to another state. They can’t simply create impossible boundaries, close all their own clinics, and claim the state lines are “close enough”.