40th Anniversary of Roe v. Wade Spurs Demonstration in MississippiBy Daniel Cherry | Published 22 Jan 2013 08:32pm |
Supporters and opponents of abortion rallied outside the doors of Mississippi's only abortion clinic yesterday. MPB's Daniel Cherry reports...
Outside the Jackson Women's Health Clinic yesterday, dozens of abortion rights supporters celebrated 40 years of the Roe v. Wade decision, which legalized abortion in America. But they're also protesting a 2012 state law that has the clinic in jeopardy. duVergne Gaines is Legal Coordinator for the Feminist Majority Foundation.
"Helping protect it as one of the women's health care providers that has long been under siege by anti-abortion extremists, and now, unfortunately, those extremists have a friend in the state legislature and, most unfortunately, with your governor. Governor Phil Bryant."
All of the clinic's doctors have yet to acquire admitting privileges at a local hospital as required by last year's state law. That has the clinic's fate in jeopardy. Naomia Suggs-Brigety, a Jackson State Student says that's dangerous to women.
"It's important that we not only have this right, but that we have access to this right, which is an important women's issue, a family issue, and, for me, it's a community issue. Because so many of the people that use this clinic are people that look like me and come from the same background that I do."
Across the street from the clinic, abortion opponents gathered to pray on a sidewalk. Carrying a Bible and wearing sackcloth, Alan Hoyle of North Carolina was part of the protest.
"Every man was created by God to defend his family, his children. So that's what we're doing here. Speaking for the unborn and trying to protect them."
Pending the outcome of an ongoing court battle, the clinic may have to close its doors as early as March.
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