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Only Miss. abortion clinic can't comply with law

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 11, 2013 at 9:15 pm •  Published: January 11, 2013
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"Two federal circuit courts have expressly found that 'admitting privileges at local hospitals and referral arrangements with local expert' are 'so obviously beneficial to patients' undergoing abortions as to easily withstand a facial constitutional challenge alleging them to be undue burdens," Hood wrote.

No hearing has been set for Jordan to consider the competing requests.

Bryant's comments about wanting to shut the clinic came in response to reporters' questions after he spoke to several dozen pastors at a Pro-Life Mississippi luncheon, where people talked about holding church services outside the clinic for 40 days to mark the coming 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the 1973 U.S. Supreme Court decision that established a nationwide right to abortion.

The clinic is about two miles north of the state Capitol building, in a trendy neighborhood with restaurants, art galleries and clothing stores. It's a nondescript mauve building separated from a street by an iron fence woven with the type of heavy black vinyl that's used for easy-clean restaurant tablecloths.

Outside the clinic Friday, small groups of people prayed, sang hymns and tried to talk to women as they entered or left.

"Any county you're from, there is help available for you folks," Cal Zastrow of Jackson called out to a woman as she walked to her car to leave.

"I'm not pregnant," the woman replied tersely.

Zastrow's 19-year-old daughter, Corrie, said her family has prayed outside abortion clinics since she was a small child. She said they once helped persuade a woman in Michigan not to have an abortion, and the woman later gave birth to twins.

"Holding that little baby was just incredible," Corrie Zastrow said.

At the Capitol Friday, Democratic Rep. Steve Holland said he was frustrated by conservative lawmakers' continuing efforts to restrict abortion.

"Until Roe v. Wade is reversed, that subject should never come up in the Legislature again," he said.

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