Court Ruling Implies States Must Have at Least One Abortion Clinic

A U.S. Circuit Court ruled Tuesday that the state of Mississippi may not require abortion doctors in that state to have admitting privileges at local hospitals. The court said the requirement “imposes an undue burden on a woman’s right to choose an abortion.”

Earlier this year the same court, though with a different set of judges, let stand a similar law in Texas.

The issue in Mississippi seems to be that there is only one abortion clinic left in the state and that no local hospital is willing to give admitting privileges to its abortionists. The result would be that the remaining abortion clinic would have to close.

Steven Ertelt, who runs a pro-life group in Colorado and edits LifeNews.com, told Breitbart News that the ruling fails on at least three counts: “It fails to uphold the rule of law, where the state of Mississippi sought to protect women and children. The court ignores the fact that the abortion facility is putting women’s health and lives at risk by not having admitting privileges. The Court seems to think that every state in the nation ought to have at least one abortion clinic.”