Tuesday marked the end of a lawsuit filed by the Mississippi abortion clinic that was at the center of the Roe v. Wade decision by the U.S. Supreme Court. The action aimed to prevent the state from executing a statute that forbids the majority of abortions.
A day after clinic owner Diane Derzis told The Associated Press that she had sold the building and had no plans to reopen it, even if a state court permitted her to do so, Jackson Women’s Health Organization decided not to pursue any legal action.
The clinic no longer has a legal basis to prosecute this action if it cannot reopen in Mississippi, according to Rob McDuff, an attorney with the Mississippi Center for Justice who was one of the lawyers for the clinic. The furniture and equipment from the clinic, according to Derzis, have been relocated to a new abortion facility she will soon open in Las Cruces, New Mexico.
Following the Supreme Court’s decision on June 24, which granted, states the right to establish their abortion regulations, court fights over access to abortion are taking place in numerous states. Following a judge’s decision in its favor, West Virginia’s sole abortion clinic resumed scheduling clients for abortions on Tuesday. Additionally, after a judge lifted a halt on them, new limits on some abortions went into force in Indiana.
The day before Mississippi passed legislation outlawing the majority of abortions, on July 6, the Mississippi clinic, better known as the Pink House due to its vibrant paintwork, ceased performing medication-induced and surgical abortions. After the Supreme Court’s decision, a trigger statute was implemented in several states, including Mississippi.
According to Mississippi’s 2007 trigger law, abortion is only permissible if the pregnant woman’s life is in danger or if the pregnancy was brought on by a rape that was reported to the police. It does not make an exemption for incest pregnancy.
On July 5, a state court judge denied the clinic’s attorneys’ attempt to halt the trigger law’s implementation. A 1998 decision that stated the state constitution invokes a right to privacy that “involves an implicit right to choose whether or not to have an abortion” was cited by the clinic in its appeal of the decision to the state Supreme Court.
The Mississippi Supreme Court will not issue a new decision as a result of the clinic abandoning its complaint.
Following a judge’s decision on Monday to prevent the state of West Virginia from enforcing its 150-year-old abortion prohibition, the Women’s Health Center there started scheduling patients for abortions as early as next week. Patrick Morrisey, the West Virginia attorney general, announced on Tuesday that his office has submitted a plea to the state’s highest court asking for a stay to maintain the ban while his office pursues an appeal.
In a statement, he said that “life is in peril, and no effort can be spared to safeguard it.” “We feel it’s important to petition for an immediate stay in light of this incorrect decision and seek this extraordinary action to prevent the loss of precious life,” he added.
The 1800s-era statute in West Virginia classifies getting or conducting an abortion as a felony punishable by up to ten years in jail. It offers an exemption in situations where a pregnant woman’s life is in danger. In court, the Women’s Health Center claimed that the law was invalid because it had not been put into effect in more than 50 years and had been replaced by more recent legislation, such as a 2015 statute that permits the treatment up until the 20th week of pregnancy.
The judge’s decision to halt the statute was referred to as “a sigh of relief” by Katie Quionez, executive director of the Women’s Health Center. To alert people that abortion appointments can once again be made, the clinic has been posting on social media and sending out information in an email newsletter.
However, according to Quinonez, things won’t just resume as they did before the clinic had to close. It’s a changing objective, things could change, and the staff has been reminding patients, according to her.
On Tuesday night in Las Cruces, pro-lifers from Mississippi, Texas, and other states gathered a throng and solicited money for a new clinic that will offer fertility and pregnancy care services right adjacent to the proposed abortion clinic.
A federal judge withdrew an order that prevented the execution of an Indiana legislation that outlaws abortions based on a person’s gender, race, or handicap the day before, thus the statute went into effect on Tuesday. The law forbids abortions performed on fetuses that have Down syndrome or other genetic abnormalities. In 2016, the Republican-controlled Indiana legislature approved it, and Mike Pence, who was governor at the time, signed it. The statute permits wrongful death lawsuits against doctors who conduct abortions in such circumstances.
In recent weeks, a different federal judge lifted similar limitations on abortion. During a special session that begins on Monday, the Indiana legislature is anticipated to take action on more abortion restrictions.
A 10-year-old Ohio rape victim who underwent an abortion by an Indianapolis doctor on Tuesday began the process of suing Indiana’s attorney general for libel. A tort claim notice was filed by Dr. Caitlin Bernard, an obstetrician-gynecologist from Indianapolis who performed the girl’s medication-induced abortion on June 30. She claims that false statements were made about her and her line of work. A 90-day settlement window for the state is opened by the notice.
Attorney General Todd Rokita said to Fox News that he will look into whether Bernard broke any laws after the girl’s abortion made headlines, though he made no specific accusations of wrongdoing.
Last week, a 27-year-old male was accused of raping a girl in Columbus, Ohio.