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Mon Apr 9, 2018, 08:05 PM

Mississippi's last abortion clinic expands lawsuit on restrictions

Source: Reuters

HEALTH NEWS APRIL 9, 2018 / 5:26 PM / UPDATED 3 HOURS AGO

Mississippi's last abortion clinic expands lawsuit on restrictions

Bernie Woodall
2 MIN READ

(Reuters) - Mississippi’s last remaining abortion provider expanded a federal challenge on Monday to laws that ban abortions in the state after 15 weeks of pregnancy and block access to the procedure in myriad ways, it said.

The ban on abortions after 15 weeks, signed into law last month by Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant, put the strictest time limit on legal abortions in the United States.

Jackson Women’s Health Organization, the only abortion clinic in the state, initially filed the lawsuit in March to target the 15-week limit. It submitted an amended complaint on Monday to go after other restrictions on abortion.

The lawsuit, filed in Jackson, the state capital, says Mississippi singles out clinics that perform abortions with stricter licensing requirements and regulations than other medical clinics.

The complaint asks the court to reverse state laws that require women to make two separate trips to a clinic before an abortion is performed and to wait 24 hours after receiving state-mandated information on the procedure.

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Read more: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-mississippi-abortion/mississippis-last-abortion-clinic-expands-lawsuit-on-restrictions-idUSKBN1HG340

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