How Mississippi ended up with one abortion clinic and why it matters

The story of abortion access in the state helps explain why some legal experts believe the U.S. may be on the brink of overturning Roe v. Wade

By Caroline Kitchener and Casey Parks
Nov 30, 2021

When the abortion doctor lost his medical license in 2004, Nancy Atkins wasn’t sure how she could keep going. Malachy DeHenre had been the only doctor at the clinic Atkins owned in Jackson, Miss. Recruiting OB/GYNs to perform abortions anywhere was difficult, but in Mississippi, Atkins had learned, it was nearly impossible. The state had the toughest regulations and the most ardent antiabortion protesters. One activist even regularly told people that killing an abortion provider might count as “justifiable homicide.”

Seventeen years later, Atkins isn’t surprised that her state is the one that some legal observers believe is poised to overturn or seriously undermine Roe v. Wade. On Wednesday, the Supreme Court will hear arguments in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, a challenge to Mississippi’s law banning most abortions after 15 weeks. Roe protects a person’s constitutional right to abortion before viability, usually around 22 to 24 weeks.


USA – First-Ever Abortion Clinic Directory Celebrates 25 Years of Service

Abortion Clinics Online—the first abortion clinic directory—celebrates 25 years of service, despite legal restrictions, court battles and anti-abortion terrorism.

10/23/2020
by GISELLE HENGST

This year, Abortion Clinics Online announces its 25th anniversary of continuous service. Through its online directory and hotline, Abortion Clinics Online directs women to reputable abortion clinics and continues to fight back against fake clinics.

The site first went live in September 1995, as GynPages.com—at a time when the internet was a new world. (Just 14 percent of Americans had an internet connection!) The National Abortion Federation and Planned Parenthood did not yet have websites. At its height, Abortion Clinics Online had about half of the country’s abortion clinics listed.

Continued: https://msmagazine.com/2020/10/23/abortion-clinics-online-25-years-ann-rose/


US – The Mercy of Abortion: What Republicans Get Wrong About Late Medical Terminations

ZawnVillines
Thursday October 15, 2020

Today is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Day. Thousands of families across the nation will light candles for babies who were born dead, died shortly after birth, or whose births would have killed their mothers, necessitating a medical termination.

I am one of them. My daughter, Ember, died of fatal birth defects.

Continued: https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2020/10/15/1986801/-The-Mercy-of-Abortion-What-Republicans-Get-Wrong-About-Late-Medical-Terminations