Earlier this year, the state of Mississippi passed a law that would require every person who performs an abortion to be an OB-GYN that has hospital privileges in case of an emergency. State Representative Sam Mims said that the law was simple and straightforward in that it requires an abortionist to have hospital privileges in case of an emergency.
He may have been referring to an incident that happened to a woman in Sharonville, Ohio who nearly died during an abortion because the doctor did not have hospital privileges. As the woman was coming out of anesthesia, she went into a life threatening continuous seizure. The doctor called 9-1-1 and ended up having to get another doctor to admit the woman so she could be treated.
The second reason the Mississippi bill was passed is that many in the state, including Governor Phil Bryant who has made no secret of his desire to make Mississippi abortion free, want it passed.
Opponents of the law believe that it was specifically designed to shut down the one and only remaining abortion clinic in the state. Jackson Women’s Health Organization runs the clinic and filed suit asking that the law be blocked from taking effect. They claimed in their suit that having hospital privileges is not necessary and that the law was purposely written to shut them down.