Mississippi Abortion Case To Have A Huge Ripple Effect For Women Across The United States US News
Outside of Mississippi’s only abortion clinic, it’s rowdy, tense, and uncomfortable.
As women show up for abortions at Jackson Women’s Health, they are confronted with gruesome images of fetuses and an evangelical group playing religious music through huge loudspeakers.
Dubbed “The Pink House,” a huge fence was erected and covered in black fabric to prevent activists from harassing patients and staff.
That didn’t stop a man from bringing his own sound system and preaching loudly to every woman who walks inside.
The so-called “clinic advocates” attempt to counter hostility by wearing light-colored clothing and guiding patients to the clinic. They also have their own speakers, blowing up the local pop radio station in retaliation.
This unique clinic serves Mississippi’s population of three million people, and is at the center of a highly anticipated Supreme Court case that could have ramifications for women across the country.
The United States Supreme Court will hear a case brought by the state of Mississippi against Jackson Women’s Health Organization on Wednesday.
Mississippi wants to ban abortion after 15 weeks in an effort to make the state “America’s safest place for an unborn child,” according to the country’s governor.
Reproductive health experts believe it’s long before fetal viability around 23 or 24 weeks – when a fetus is able to survive outside the womb.
Jackson Women’s Health will argue that such a ban is an affront to a woman’s constitutional right to choose.
This right is based on a landmark Supreme Court ruling nearly 50 years ago known as Roe vs. Wade – it granted abortion rights to women across America.
Patricia Ice, who lives in Mississippi, had a clandestine abortion as a teenager before Roe died against Wade.
“I was at this woman’s house and she made me lay down on a table, a dining-type table, with no anesthesia, so the procedure itself was painful. It’s a humiliating and hurtful experience, so I didn’t don’t want anyone to have to go through this. “
Ms. Ice fears America is going back in time, and she is not alone.
Nikia Grayson is Director of Clinical Services at Choices in Memphis, Tennessee – just across the border from Mississippi.
“We know that becoming illegal abortion will not stop the abortion, people who don’t want to be pregnant will work very hard not to get pregnant and therefore our fear is that people will do things that are more harmful to them. and so we’re going to start seeing more women die again because they don’t want to be pregnant, ”she said.
The phones rarely stop ringing at the Memphis clinic, not because abortion is becoming more popular, but because the options available to women across the United States are steadily shrinking.
They regularly see patients who have been forced to cross state borders – we spot a license plate in the Texas parking lot that recently banned abortion after six weeks.
Nine Supreme Court justices will hear arguments from both sides at the Mississippi hearing on Wednesday, and rallies from pro-choice and pro-life groups are expected outside the court.
Their decision will be the first glimpse of what the new right-wing court thinks about abortion rights in the United States.
Six of the nine judges were appointed by a largely pro-life Republican party, and pro-choice activists fear they are on the verge of toppling Roe against Wade and leaving the power of choice in the hands of the state.
Pro-life activists would herald such a decision as a victory for the right of the unborn child.
According to an analysis by the Guttmacher Institute, 11 other states, along with Mississippi, have “trigger laws” in place and are on the verge of banning abortion altogether if Roe vs Wade is canceled.
The hearing itself is for a state and a clinic, but it’s bound to have a huge ripple effect for women all over America.