A federal judge upheld a Mississippi law Thursday that mandates doctors who perform abortions must be certified in obstetrics and gynecology.
U.S. District Judge Dan Jordan’s Thursday ruling comes after Mississippi’s only abortion clinic sued the state, charging that Mississippi’s abortion law, which requires doctors performing abortions must be certified OB-GYNs, posited a barrier to health care and presented an unconstitutional burden on women in the state seeking abortions.
Jordan’s ruling marks an affront to women and is an unfair obstacle that Mississippi women have to face that women in other states, Center for Reproductive Rights attorney Hillary Schneller explained to The Associated Press.
The law also posits however, that medical professionals performing abortions at Mississippi’s sole abortion clinic — Jackson Women’s Health — must be able to admit their patients to the hospital given any complications. Judge Jordan, however, ruled against this portion of the law in 2012. That ruling has not been appealed since.