Nearly two weeks after the repeal of a landmark ruling in the United States legalizing abortion nationwide, the last abortion clinic in Mississippi closed. The Jackson Women’s Health Organization suspended operations yesterday, the Pink House Fund, which raised money for the clinic, said on Twitter. “Today is a tough day for all of us at the last abortion provider in Mississippi.”
“It’s our last day in the fight against the odds – where no other provider will or can,” the Pink House Fund said, while expressing its “pride” in its work. The Jackson City Clinic was also known as the Pink House due to the color of the building.
Not only was it the only clinic offering abortions in the southern state, it was also at the center of the legal battle that eventually led to the abolition of the nation’s basic right to abortion. The Jackson Women’s Health Organization has challenged a Mississippi law banning abortion after 15 weeks of pregnancy, in violation of the Roe v. Wade” in 1973. This consecrated a fundamental right to abortion until the 24th week of pregnancy.
However, on June 24, the US Supreme Court declared, by a conservative majority, that the law in Mississippi was constitutional—at the same time overturning the “Roe v. Wade” case on. The Supreme Court’s decision is a historic turning point and has caused a political earthquake. Since there is no federal law on abortion, states can now largely or completely ban abortion. Many conservative-governed countries have decided to do so.
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