“End of Abortion Access in the South?”
Mississippi, in the words of Governor Phil Bryant, is moving towards being “abortion-free”. Many Mississippi politicians are fighting for a law that would close the last abortion clinic in the state. While they see this idea as something that would “better” the state, it is something that can alter the entire country. The idea of ending legal abortion has spread across the southern states, and threatens women’s rights.
The current law on abortion requires that abortions must be provided by doctors who are board-certified obstetrician-gynecologists, and that they have admitting privileges at local hospitals. In Mississippi and even in other states some local hospitals have refused to provide those privileges. The American Medical Association and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists have stated, “They[the law in Mississippi] “impose government regulation on abortion care that jeopardizes the health of women.”
This law affects all women in the entire country and I believe it limits women’s rights. The situation and law correlates to the ruling of Roe vs. Wade. The Fourteenth Amendment protects all citizens under the law and the law that Mississippi proposes limits the protection of women. Like the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists suggest this directly affects the health of women and questions how theses southern states can justify it. It also ultimately questions the constitutionality of this law.