Closing of the clinic at the heart of the reversal of the Supreme Court

Clinic closing amid Supreme Court reversal


The only abortion clinic in the state of Mississippi, at the heart of the U.S. Supreme Court's historic abortion flip-flop, closed on Wednesday, for the last time. 

The Jackson Women's Health Organization, nicknamed the “Pink House” because of the color of its walls, carried out its last interventions before the entry into force, Thursday, of a law prohibiting all abortions in this state. poor and conservative from the South.

“This is a very hard day for us and for the last abortion clinic in Mississippi,” tweeted the “Pink house fund” which collects donations to ensure the functioning of the institution.

“Today is our last day fighting against everything and offering abortions where no one else could or wanted to. We are proud of the work accomplished,” he added.

The clinic has, in spite of itself, gained international notoriety by being the initiator of the legal proceedings that resulted on June 24 , on the Supreme Court's decision to bury its Roe v. Wade who, since 1973, guaranteed the right of American women to have an abortion.

The establishment had indeed filed a complaint against a Mississippi law which reduced the legal deadlines for an abortion. The high court, profoundly overhauled by Donald Trump, used this file to give each state the freedom to cancel or ban abortions on their soil.

Thirteen states had anticipated this change and passed laws designed to go into effect immediately. 

The Mississippi law, passed as early as 2007, carries penalties of up to ten years in prison for violations and does not provides for exceptions only in case of danger to the life of the mother, but not rape or incest.

The Pink House had asked local justice to block this law, but the courts refused, leaving it no choice but to close.

Most neighboring states being equally hostile to the abortion, pregnant women in Mississippi who do not wish to continue their pregnancies will have to resort to the abortion pill alone or travel hundreds of miles to have an abortion in Illinois.

Elsewhere in the country, several other institutions put the key under the door. The Whole Woman's Health group announced on Wednesday that it was closing its four clinics in Texas to open a new one in the neighboring state of New Mexico.

Missouri's only clinic in Saint-Louis, managed by the The Planned Parenthood organization also ceased all proceedings on June 23.

Legal battles have delayed the deadline in Louisiana, for example, but ultimately access to abortion should disappear in half of the American states.