The fate of Mississippi's last abortion clinic is now in the hands of a federal judge.
The judge has to rule whether or not the clinic can stay open under a temporary order or whether it should be permanently closed.
There is a law in Mississippi that requires all abortion providers to be certified OB/GYNs with privileges at local hospitals.
The Jackson Women's Health Organization, the last abortion clinic in Mississippi, has doctors travel in from other states and only one of its doctors is authorized to practice at a nearby hospital.
Some say the law is to protect women from shady situations but most believe that the law is just meant to end abortion in the state.
The clinic's owner said:
"We've been able to be with women at a time in their lives where they are in crisis, when they need to have something done and need that support. That's why it has to be available. It has to be."
Hopefully the judge rules they can stay open while the clinic fights the law.
Women deserve the right to choose!
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