Target: Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant
Goal: Prevent closure of Mississippi’s only abortion clinic
Recently, Mississippi’s only abortion clinic missed a deadline to comply with a new state law. The law demands that every physician at the clinic has hospital admitting privileges. However, each of the physicians attempted to get these privileges before the deadline, and was denied because of the controversy surrounding abortions. The law was designed specifically to shut down this one clinic that is helping women in the state, and will succeed in doing so unless it stopped.
The Jackson Women’s Health Organization is the only clinic in Mississippi that provides abortions for women. The patients are primarily low-income and teenage women, who would not have the means to travel to another state for the procedure. Closing this clinic will mean they are denied the procedure, which will lead to problems as Mississippi has the highest teen pregnancy rate in the United States.
The clinic’s physicians have attempted to comply with the law, but have been denied privileges at surrounding hospitals. As the surrounding hospitals do not give abortions to their patients, they refused to allow the clinic’s physicians to help their own patients. The safety of the patients should be the primary focus, but instead the hospitals are denying these physicians for personal ethics reasons. The actions of the hospital are making it impossible for the clinic to comply with the law.
According to Mississippi governor Phil Bryant, the law was only passed as an attempt to shut down this clinic. In a statement before the deadline for the clinic had passed, Bryant had said, “My goal, of course, is to shut it down. Now, we’ll follow the laws. The bill is in the courts now, related to the physicians and their association with a hospital. But, certainly, if I had the power to do so legally, I’d do so tomorrow.”
Governor Bryant is blatantly attempting to harm the women in his state by closing down the only clinic that provides this vital service. The Constitution allows for women to seek abortions if they choose, but Governor Bryant is preventing them from doing so. Tell Governor Bryant that he is harming the women in his state, and that the Jackson Women’s Health Organization should not close.
Dear Governor Bryant:
Recently, the Jackson Women’s Health Organization, Mississippi’s only abortion clinic, did not meet the deadline to comply with a new law. The law required all physicians at the clinic to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital. Although the physicians made every possible attempt to comply with the law, they have not succeeded. Nearby hospitals have denied them privileges due to personal ethics and the controversy over abortion.
I ask you to stop the law from going into effect and keep the Jackson Women’s Health Organization open. Women in the United States have a constitutional right to choose an abortion, but you are denying this right to women in your state. Not every woman has the means to travel to another state for this procedure, nor should they be required to. Keep the clinic open and allow it to continue to provide for women in Mississippi.
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