Friday, July 20, 2012

Judge blocks Mississippi abortion law



A federal judge on Wednesday continued to block a state law that threatened to shut down Mississippi's only abortion clinic and make it nearly impossible for a woman to get the procedure in the state.
The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that states can't place undue burdens or substantial obstacles to women seeking abortion.  The state law would require anyone performing clinic abortions to be an OB-GYN with privileges to admit patients to a local hospital.
The doctors at the clinic in Jackson do not have those privileges, which the clinic has said aren't necessary.
Supporters of the law said it's designed to protect patients.  However, Republican Gov. Phil Bryant stated the real reason for the legislation: he hopes it will help make Mississippi "abortion-free."
There are legitimate issues to debate about the abortion issue.  However, in a pluralistic society in which not everyone shares the extreme Christian viewpoint that abortion is never justified, Roe v. Wade, while imperfect, is probably the best option for balancing the competing interests.  
Attempts in various states to limit or overturn Roe v. Wade are blatant attempts by religion to enforce Biblical morality on the entire society.  

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