Mississippi GOP Gov. Phil Bryant is poised to sign legislation that would tighten abortion regulations and could close the stateâ€™s only abortion clinic.
The state legislature bill sent Thursday to Bryant requires doctors working in abortion clinics to have admitting privileges at a local hospital and be board certified in obstetrics and gynecology.
GOP state Sen. Dean Kirby, chairman of the chamberâ€™s Public Health Committee, said the legislation is to ensure safe abortions by requiring physicians meet the proposed certifications â€“ not to regulate the clinic into closing.
Diane Derzis, the owner of the clinic, the Jackson Women’s Health Organization, said its physicians are OB-GYN certified but only one has admitting privileges. She said clinic doctors live out of state because they have been stalked and threatened. And most hospitals will not grant such privileges to out-of-state physicians.
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