The Jackson Women’s Health Organization filed for the action in response to a new state law that would require a clinic’s abortion providers to be certified OB/GYN practitioners, and for those physicians to all have privileges at an area hospital. The law, which took effect Sunday, puts the clinic at risk, as all its doctors do not have such privileges.
The judge’s order blocks enforcement of the law at least until the next hearing on the matter, which is scheduled for July 11.
“I’m jubilant,” said Diane Derzis, clinic owner and president. “It means the constitutional rights of women to make their decision, for the time being, is in place.”
Officials at the Jackson clinic say they are working to comply with the law. All of its doctors are OB/GYNs who travel in from other states. But only one can practice at a local hospital.