Mississippi Clinic Can Stay Open Temporarily
July 2, 2012
PRCH board member Willie Parker, MD, MPH, MSc, who works part-time at Mississippi’s only abortion clinic, appeared on MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry to discuss the anti-abortion law that could close down the clinic. About the possible consequences for women in the state, Dr. Parker said, "We know that when abortion is legal and safe and accessible, women thrive. We know that when it's illegal ... women are driven to extreme measures." Watch the video here.
Dr. Parker is one of the plaintiffs in a lawsuit against the law, which requires doctors who provide abortions to be obstetrician/gynecologists with admitting privileges at a local hospital. Last night, a federal judge temporarily blocked the law until a hearing on July 11.
Board chair Douglas Laube, MD, MEd, published a letter in the Jackson Clarion-Ledger criticizing the law: "As physicians .... [w]e understand how abortion care works, and requiring doctors to have admitting privileges at a local hospital will not improve that care. Dressed up like a safety measure, this law will actually hurt women." Read the rest of Dr. Laube's letter here.
Help us recognize Eve Espey, MD, MPH, and Willie Parker, MD, MPH, MSc, at the 2013 Rashbaum-Tiller Abortion Provider Awards.
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The documentary Voices of Choice features physicians and advocates who witnessed women's suffering before Roe v. Wade. They helped as many women as they could obtain safe abortions.
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