Strict new Mississippi abortion law
JACKSON- Mississippi's already strict abortion laws are set to become even tighter amid social conservatives' efforts to shut the state's only abortion clinic.
The new law awaits Republican Gov. Phil Bryant's promised signature. With it, women's legal options could be restricted to finding a doctor willing to quietly terminate a pregnancy or to seeking an abortion out of state, which could be difficult for the poor.
A bill passed by the Republican-controlled Legislature requires anyone performing abortions in a clinic to be a certified OB-GYN with admitting privileges at a local hospital. Those privileges aren't easy for doctors to get, either because they live out of state or because some religious-affiliated hospitals might be unwilling to associate with people who perform elective abortions.
The new law would take effect July 1.