July 3, 2012 — The closure threat facing the Jackson Women's Health Organization is "unsurprising" given Mississippi's "hostile political atmosphere" toward abortion rights, a New York Times editorial states.
"The requirement is cast as a safety rule, but serious complications from legal abortions are exceedingly rare and area hospitals are already prepared to accept transfers by ambulance in emergencies," the editorial notes, adding that the law's supporters -- including Gov. Phil Bryant (R) -- "make no secret of its true improper purpose, which is to effectively end all abortions in the state."
The editorial urges the court to "extend the temporary injunction and then rule to permanently block the campaign to deny women in Mississippi reproductive freedoms guaranteed by the Constitution" (New York Times, 7/2).
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