JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A federal judge has set an Aug. 15 status conference in a lawsuit in which Mississippi's only abortion clinic is fighting to remain open.
The suit, filed last summer, challenges a 2012 state law that requires each OB-GYN who does abortions at the clinic to have admitting privileges at a local hospital. The clinic acknowledges it has been unable to get the privileges.
U.S. District Judge Daniel Jordan allowed the law to take effect last July 1, but he blocked the state from closing the clinic while the clinic tried to get admitting privileges.
Such privileges can be difficult to obtain, because hospitals often won't give them to out-of-state physicians. The clinic uses out-of-state OB-GYNs, including one from Chicago.
Jordan ruled in April that the state can't close Jackson Women's Health Organization while the clinic still has a federal lawsuit pending.
The status conference in August will be done by telephone with U.S. Magistrate Judge Keith Ball.Tags: