The law requires all OB-GYNs who do abortions at Jackson Women’s Health Organization to have privileges to admit patients to a local hospital.
Jordan’s ruling comes three days before the state Department of Health was scheduled to hold a license revocation hearing for the clinic over its acknowledged inability to get the admitting privileges. Now the administrative hearing won’t be held, said health department spokeswoman Liz Sharlot.
Jordan’s ruling says the state cannot close the clinic while it still has a federal lawsuit pending to challenge the 2012 law. A trial date has not been set.
The Department of Health notified Jackson Women’s Health Organization in late January that it intended to revoke the clinic’s license. The clinic was allowed to stay open as it awaited this week’s hearing.
A Mississippi police chief says there’s nothing to suggest that the death of state Rep. Jessica Upshaw was anything other a suicide. The 53-year-old Republican lawmaker died Sunday of a gunshot wound to the head. (March 25)
JACKSON, Miss. — Law enforcement agents on Wednesday afternoon confirmed that the body found near the Mississippi River in Coahoma County is that of Clarksdale mayoral candidate Marco McMillian, who had been missing since early Tuesday.
The Coahoma County Sheriff’s Department made the announcement at a news conference.
The body was found around 8:30 a.m. Wednesday near the levee between Sherard and Rena Lara.
A person of interest has been taken into custody, but sheriff’s officials didn’t provide the name or where the person is being held. The Clarion Ledger reported that authorities have identified the person as Lawrence Reed, 22, of Clarksdale.
Charges haven’t been filed.
It was probably only a matter of time before Mississippi got on board with the newest GOP trend. A fetal heartbeat bill introduced earlier this month contains almost identical language to a similar measure put forth in Arkansas last year.
A person who intends to perform an abortion on a
pregnant woman shall determine if there is the presence of a fetal
heartbeat of the unborn human individual that the pregnant woman
is carrying according to standard medical practice. A person
shall comply with this paragraph (b) regardless of whether or not
the State Board of Health has promulgated rules under paragraph
(c) of this subsection (3).
(c) The State Board of Health may promulgate rules for
the appropriate methods of performing an examination for the
presence of a fetal heartbeat of an unborn human individual based
on standard medical practice.
As was mentioned in the earlier LGF article, “standard medical practice” means that, this early in a pregnancy (1st trimester) the only way to detect a fetal heartbeat is by transvaginal ultrasound.
Here’s the full text of the bill. I encourage you to read the whole thing, they use a number of questionable “facts” as rationale for this measure.
In summary, the bill opens by spouting statistics indicating that the majority of pregnancies in which a fetal heartbeat can be detected have a good chance of making it to term. Therefore, fetal heartbeat, according to the bill, is an excellent measure of the viability of a pregnancy.
There’s little more I can say on this that hasn’t been said already, but suffice to say I still find myself double checking my calendar to make sure it really is 2013.
Oscar-nominated “Lincoln,” which depicts the political fight to pass the 13th Amendment abolishing slavery, played a role in Mississippi officially ratifying the amendment this month — a century and a half later.
The story opens, not surprisingly, in a movie theater.
Last November, Dr. Ranjan Batra, associate professor of neurobiology and anatomical sciences at the University of Mississippi Medical Center, saw the Steven Spielberg film and wondered afterward what happened when the states voted on ratification.
That night, Batra — a native of India who became a U.S. citizen in 2008 — went on the usconstitution.net website, learning the rest of the story.
After Congress voted for the 13th Amendment in January 1864, the measure went to the states for ratification.
On Dec. 6, 1865, the amendment received the three-fourths’ vote it needed when Georgia became the 27th state to ratify it. States that rejected the measure included Delaware, Kentucky, New Jersey and Mississippi.
In the months and years that followed, states continued to ratify the amendment, including those that had initially rejected it. New Jersey ratified the amendment in 1866, Delaware in 1901 and Kentucky in 1976.
But there was an asterisk beside Mississippi. A note read: “Mississippi ratified the amendment in 1995, but because the state never officially notified the US Archivist, the ratification is not official.”
The next day, Batra spoke with Ken Sullivan, an anatomical material specialist for UMC’s body donation program.
When Batra mentioned Mississippi had never ratified the amendment, Sullivan responded that he remembered state lawmakers had voted to ratify the amendment in 1995, when he was a senior at Crystal Springs High School.
Batra shared what he had read online, and Sullivan started researching.
He telephoned the National Archives’ Office of the Federal Register, confirmed Mississippi had yet to officially ratify the amendment and found out what paperwork was needed.
That weekend, Sullivan took his wife, Kris, to see “Lincoln,” which details the 16th president’s fight to abolish slavery once and for all.
The proposed amendment would read as follows:
Section 1. This article may be cited as the School Prayer
Section 2. Public prayer in the United States is a
constitutionally protected right and shall not be deprived of any
individual regardless of location or time, whether organized or
voluntary. Neither this Constitution, nor the constitution of any
state, shall be construed to require that vocalized prayer or the
silent meditation thereof be abridged to any student in class or
any organized school function or athletic event.”
Once again we have a misunderstanding of the 1st amendment. If I run a private school, I can prohibit whatever speech I darned well like. The Constitution only applies to interactions between the citizens of the United States and the GOVERNMENT.
That said, I do not see how the “regardless of location or time” part of this amendment could ever be found to be constitutional as there are plenty of private institutions and entities who are within their rights to ban prayer at any time.
I’d also be willing to bet heads would pop off the first time a Muslim tries to invoke this amendment were it ever to pass (which it won’t).
Isn’t it crazy that we even have to ask that question?
In Arkansas this week, the State Senate passed a bill that would ban almost all abortions. Within a month, women in Arkansas could be prevented from receiving abortion care, no matter what their circumstances.
In North Dakota, the legislature is poised to vote on set of bills that aim to ban abortion, close down women’s health centers, and could prevent couples from using in-vitro fertilization to build their family. The Senate is expected to vote on those bills next week.
In Mississippi and Alabama and several other states, legislators are playing at the same game - introducing legislation that takes away a woman’s ability to have all options open to her.
These bills are shocking at any time, but especially now when lawmakers have heard men and women across the nation say we don’t want politicians interfering in personal private decisions. From the voting booth to the capitol steps, the message from the last year was clear: hands off women’s health care. But now — less than a month into state legislative sessions, and about a week after the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, politicians are working overtime to block a woman’s access to abortion care.
We can’t let them get away with it. Share this blog. Email your friends. Call or email your state legislators and let them know - enough is enough.
JACKSON — Supporters and opponents demonstrated Tuesday outside Mississippi’s only abortion clinic to mark 40 years since a U.S. Supreme Court ruling established a nationwide right to abortion.
Opponents also held two events at the state Capitol, including one where people carried a small white coffin up the outside steps and prayed for an end to abortion. The Rev. Philip “Flip” Benham of Concord, N.C., national director of Operation Save America, said the coffin contained an aborted fetus he calls baby Daniel.
“God, we just want to say for little Daniel that we’re sorry,” Benham said.
The Rev. Frank Pavone, national director of Priests for Life, stood near the open coffin and encouraged people to take photographs and touch the fetus.
The clinic, Jackson Women’s Health Organization, is in the city’s Fondren neighborhood, an area with trendy clothing stores and restaurants. Lawn sprinklers ran steadily at the clinic and at an unrelated business across the street, keeping anti-abortion demonstrators at a distance in the chilly weather. The clinic sits on a small hill, and the abortion-rights demonstrators stood near the building and above the sprinklers.
Look I get it. I know the pro-life movement is very passionate about their cause. I myself do not believe abortion should be used recklessly and measures should be taken to prevent unintended pregnancies and births.
But there have to be limits. A child size coffin WITHOUT an actual deceased child in it would have made the exact same point. Why the need to turn a deceased baby into a political tool?
At what point do we say this has gone too far?
Are we there yet?
Have we passed it maybe?
I just don’t know.
Demonstrating once more that many populist demagogues of hate are con men out for personal gain.
He’s being called a” fraud” who needs to be exposed.
We are talking the man who says he is the local leader of the Ku Klux Klan.
He wants you to know him as “Edward Exalted Cyclops,” the Tennessee leader of the KKK.
But people from his hometown of Tupelo, Mississippi say they know him as someone else.
“Lacy Edward Ferguson the Third,” said Brenda White.
White says Ferguson is in the wrestling business, but nowadays wrestles mostly with a bad reputation, “He is such a fraud and he such a liar!”
White claims just this past October, Ferguson used the good name of a St. Jude Children’s Hospital to make money and rip people off.
She says Ferguson hosted a haunted house in Tupelo for a month, even advertised it on the radio, saying proceeds would go to St. Jude.
White says people paid $10 to get in, hundreds came by, but in the end the only person who benefited was Ferguson.
“Nothing went to St. Jude,” said White. “Nothing went to the people who worked for him there. When he done his last night, he packed-up the money and took off and left everybody.”
White believes Ferguson made-off with about $15,000.