Bush Judge Bans Mississippi From Enforcing Law That Would Have Closed State’s Last Abortion Facility

JACKSON, Miss. — A federal judge in Mississippi has placed a permanent injunction against the enforcement of an admitting privileges law that would have closed the state’s last abortion facility.

On Friday, U.S. District Judge Daniel Jordan III, appointed to the bench by then-President George W. Bush, granted a request from the Center for Reproductive Rights to convert his previous partial preliminary injunction into a permanent one in light of the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt.

In issuing the order, Jordan pointed to the state’s acknowledgement that the law does not differ from the Texas legislation struck down by the nation’s highest court last June, as well as their concession that the ruling was binding.

“Accordingly, Plaintiffs’ motion is granted,” he wrote. “Defendants are permanently enjoined from any and all forms of enforcement of the admitting privileges requirement of H.B. 1390 against Plaintiffs.”

As previously reported, in 2012, Mississippi legislators enacted a law requiring abortionists to have board certification and obtain hospital admitting privileges. The latter requirement, which allows abortionists to send injured women to local hospitals for further treatment, was said to serve as a safeguard to protect mothers that need critical medical care.

After the bill was signed into law, Jackson Women’s Health Organization, the last abortion facility in the state, filed a lawsuit in an attempt to block the requirements. During a hearing, the facility explained in court that it had been unsuccessful in obtaining admitting privileges, and was granted six months of additional time to comply. However, none of the area hospitals agreed to partner with the facility despite the extension.

“They were clear that they didn’t deal with abortion and they didn’t want the internal or the external pressure of dealing with it,” said administrator Diane Derzis.

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After U.S. District Judge Daniel P. Jordan III issued a preliminary injunction against the law in 2013, the state appealed to the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans, Louisiana. In July 2014, the court ruled 2-1 that the requirement was unconstitutional, asserting that the 1973 ruling of Roe v. Wade established that mothers had a “right” to an abortion and that all states are “obligated” to uphold that “right.”

“Given that the Supreme Court long ago determined that the Constitution protects a woman’s right to choose an abortion, the ultimate issue in this appeal is whether the State of Mississippi can impose a regulation that effectively will close its only abortion clinic,” Judge E. Grady Jolly, nominated by Ronald Reagan, wrote on behalf of the majority.

She opined that to outlaw abortion within a state would be to “disregard a state’s obligation under the principle of federalism—applicable to all fifty states—to accept the burden of the non-delegable duty of protecting the established federal constitutional rights of its own citizens.”

Judge Emilio M. Garza wrote a dissent in which he disagreed that states are required to possess operating abortion facilities.

“[N]o state is obligated to provide or guarantee the provision of abortion services within its borders,” he said.

The state appealed the ruling to the U.S. Supreme Court, which declined to take the case just one day after striking down Texas’ regulations that require abortionists to have admitting privileges and keep their facilities up to the same standards as ambulatory surgical centers.

“We conclude that neither of these provisions offers medical benefits sufficient to justify the burdens upon access that each imposes,” Justice Stephen Breyer wrote for the majority. “Each places a substantial obstacle in the path of women seeking a pre-viability abortion, each constitutes an undue burden on abortion access, and each violates the federal Constitution.”

As previously reported, the owner of Jackson Women’s Health Organization, Diane Derzis, has claimed that she believes God wants her to run the abortion facility. Christian Cal Zastrow, who has shared the gospel with abortion-minded mothers outside of the facility for years, and Derzis were featured on ABC’s Nightline in 2013, as Derzis contended to reporters that God was on her side in the abortion business.

“I know as fervently as they do that what I’m doing is moral and right,” she stated. “But if I’m wrong, that’s between the Lord and I.”

Footage also showed Zastrow calling out to Derzis, “I want you to quit killing babies. I want you to turn to the love of Jesus.”

“I have the love of Jesus,” she replied. “He approves of what I do.”

“No, you don’t,” Zastrow responded. “You have the murder of preborn children.”


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  • stars misplaced

    Good news for the women of Mississippi.

    • Darren H

      Two old women

      • stars misplaced

        Finish the joke…

    • Amos Moses

      not good news for the children led to slaughter ……… but it is interesting to see support for a racist policy …… good for you ………..

      • stars misplaced

        Children have been born.

        • Amos Moses

          and …………

          • stars misplaced

            ……….none are led to slaughter……….

          • Amos Moses

            every child aborted is led to slaughter ………. and the policy is still RACIST ……….

          • stars misplaced

            …….nothing racist about a woman deciding not to carry her pregnancy to term………..children have been born……..

          • Amos Moses

            the entire process is a result of racism ……….. the entire organization is founded on eugenics and RACISM ……………

            Miraculous: Clump Of Cells Transforms Into Fully Formed Baby Upon Womb Exit
            March 16, 2017

          • stars misplaced

            ………..incorrect……….
            the entire process……….involves an individual woman………deciding for HERSELF………..that she will not……………carry her pregnancy to term……….. there is no pogrom……….the government does not mandate abortion………..women are not kidnapped and forced to abort against their will…………..there is nothing miraculous about a live birth………..it is a daily occurrence……………………………………….,….,…………….

          • Amos Moses

            The MAAFA ………. it is racism …….. killing your child is not a right ….

            “there is nothing miraculous about a live birth………..”

            then there is nothing special about anyone and we may murder at will …… murder is just a retroactive abortion ……

          • stars misplaced

            ……….again……….there………is,………nothing……..RACIST……..about………..a…………woman……..deciding……….to………….terminate……………her………. pregnancy……….children………have………..been…………born…………you……….can…………try………..&…………see………..if…………you………….can……………..get…………….away…………. with…..,,,.,,,,,…murder….,.,,,…get………..a…………..good…………..lawyer…………

          • Amos Moses

            and you base this opinion on what exactly ………. look up the MAAFA …… there are gaps in your knowledge …… if you are not anything special …… then why can we not eliminate you in a retroactive abortion …… what is it about your location that gives you special rights over a child in the womb ……

          • stars misplaced

            I am not gestating within the body of another.

          • Amos Moses

            i see ….. and that makes you better than that because you are of a bigger size and a different location …….. and if it was determined that if you were in a different location and someone else was bigger then it would be ok to take you out ….. and how did you determine you were no longer “gestating” …….. and in what way does your DNA radically differ from a child in the womb ……

          • stars misplaced

            If it were determined that I was still gestating within the body of another it would be perfectly fine for the owner of the body within which I was gestating in to halt my gestation. The DNA make up of the zygote/embryo/fetus is immaterial to the discussion at hand, the only thing that matters is wether or not the pregnant woman wishes to carry her pregnancy to term, if she has no desire to do so then the zef is s.o.l. You will not decide for women how their pregnancies will end. You will eventually understand this simple fact.

          • Amos Moses

            “The DNA make up of the zygote/embryo/fetus is immaterial to the discussion at hand”

            it is precisely the issue at hand …… if it is not a HUMAN child …… then ….. WHAT IS IT …… and “zygote/embryo/fetus” … is not an answer ……. the DNA is specific ….. so tell us ….. WHAT IS IT ……

          • stars misplaced

            It is simply the possibility of a human child, and the pregnant woman is under to obligation to gestate the possibility.

          • Amos Moses

            “It is simply the possibility of a human child”

            where is your evidence for that assertion ………….. at exactly what point is it no longer a “possibility” …… and you know that you do not know when that is ….. there is no way to determine that ……..

            she is under no obligation to act to create a life …….. but she is obliged once she has done so ………. so if we had a test to determine the child would be homosexual ….. would you be ok with a law requiring it to be eliminated ….. why or why not …….

          • stars misplaced

            When does the zef become a child and not the possibility of a child? At birth.
            There is no need for a law that mandates abortions in certain circumstances, women already have the right to terminate their pregnancies if they so desire, state mandated abortion, like the state mandating that all pregnancies must be carried to term is a bridge too far.

          • Amos Moses

            “At birth.”

            and at one second before ………. how about one hour …… how about one day ……… how about one week ……

            and what about one minute AFTER …… or ten minutes AFTER …… or a week AFTER …… why that particular moment ……

            “There is no need for a law that mandates abortions”

            does not really answer the question ….. if a test could determine if a child would be homosexual or a tranny …… you are good with that being the basis of a decision to kill a child ………….

          • stars misplaced

            Birth is a neat line of demarcation.
            It really is no business of mine why a woman decides to terminate her pregnancy it is no business of yours either.

          • Amos Moses

            “Birth is a neat line of demarcation.”

            no …. it is not …… “birth” is different for each person …. every person spends a different amount of time in the womb …..many over 40 weeks ….. numerous at 40 weeksish …… and many prior to that ….. their level of gestation is different for each one …… some are capable of existing outside the womb with no assistance ….. many are not ….. numerous can require literally 100’s of thousands of dollars to maintain life …… and hospitals and parents and insurance companies are “forced” to pay that bill to bring them to point of gestation outside the womb so that they can survive …………… but what ….. we can just take a meat cleaver to it to stop the insanity …….. hmmmmmmmm …..

            “her pregnancy it is no business of yours either.”

            so if you are attacked on a street, and left bloody and near death ….. i can just walk away from you and you are cool with that and we need not do anything about it ….. its just a retroactive abortion …… and none of my OF YOUR or my business …………. hmmmmm …..

          • stars misplaced

            Birth, no matter the complications is birth; I know very well about the trouble that surrounds it, my nephew was born at 34 weeks this past November. While in the hospital my sister and I discussed how people were trying to strip women of their agency and force them to carry unwanted pregnancies to term, we both vowed that we would not be silent and not sit idly by while people like you tried to determine for others wether or not they would carry their pregnancies to term. It is not your place to decide for another how their pregnancies will end. I hope that one day you will see the error of your ways.

          • Amos Moses

            “while people like you tried to determine for others wether or not they would carry their pregnancies to term. ”

            oh …. people like me …… and what would that be ……

            ” It is not your place to decide for another how their pregnancies will end.”

            it is a free society …… i am free to hold that view if i choose …… but what it really boils down to is the truth ……. that abortion is murder …… and everyone you assist in that effort puts blood on your hands …. not mine ………..

          • stars misplaced

            You can type all the nonsense you want, but in a free society women are allowed to terminate their pregnancies if they desire to do so. Get over it.

          • Amos Moses

            yes …. women are allowed to kill their unborn children ….. and that blood is on their hands … and they will answer for it …. as you will for those you encourage …….. i hope you will get over it ……. but not unless you change ………..

          • Amos Moses

            ” I know very well about the trouble that surrounds it, my nephew was born at 34 weeks this past November.”

            i spent 12 years in a neonatal unit …… so your sob story really carries no weight with me ….. been there, done that, got the T-shirt …….. and all that was was an attempt to give your argument validity …. it does not ………… sorry for your nephew …… but it does not change the truth ………….. nor does it turn your lies into the truth ………..

          • stars misplaced

            My nephew is doing just fine thank you. The truth is that women are not obligated to carry their pregnancies to term, and there is nothing you can do about it.

          • Amos Moses

            there is plenty i can do about it …… i do not seek to change the law ….. i seek to have their minds come to the reality of what they are doing …… and to have you come to the reality of what you are endorsing …… the murder of unborn children …………..

          • Jason Todd

            Which means what? It’s okay to kill some babies as long as others are born?

          • stars misplaced

            It means that each individual woman is capable of deciding for herself wether or not she will carry her pregnancy to term.

          • Jason Todd

            And women who use abortion because they don’t have sense or responsibility to use contraception or just keep their legs closed? How about those who seek abortions because the baby is the wrong gender for them? A physical or mental disability?

          • stars misplaced

            It is not my place to question why a woman decides to terminate her pregnancy.

          • Jason Todd

            Then maybe you should start. All of these things do happen and have. I don’t believe you just don’t care.

          • stars misplaced

            Why? If a woman decides to not carry a pregnancy to term that is her decision to make. Women are under no obligation to carry their pregnancies to term if they have no desire to do so and they owe us no explanation of their decision.

          • Jason Todd

            I truly feel sorry for you.

            For the record, I once favored abortion myself. But then in 1993, a dear departed friend showed me something that absolutely changed my mind. I have never looked back.

            May God do the same for you.

          • stars misplaced

            You can take your pity elsewhere and as far as abortion is concerned, you can carry all of your pregnancies to term if you desire to do so, however neither you, I or the state should be able to make that decision for anyone else.

          • Jason Todd

            Yeah. You need prayers.

          • stars misplaced

            If that is how you wish to waste your time, have at it, you know I am pro choice.

          • Robert

            Than if your murdered or your loved one you were the foster of it supported it defended it. And carma let it roost on your house or is there a God that says thou shalt not murder ?

          • stars misplaced

            If you wish to carry all of your pregnancies to term that is your prerogative however you will not make that decision for others, as far as god and carma (heh-heh) let’s just say I’m not worried about either.

          • Robert

            It would be more reasonable and make more sense to murder the judges and mothers and fathers who have many many enormous mountans of sins than unborn children guilty of only a pile or so that God knows about.

          • stars misplaced

            Well if you want to murder judges, mothers and fathers the issue of abortion becomes moot.

          • Amos you are a good man but there comes a time when we just have to remind ourselves that you just can’t fix stupid.

          • Amos Moses

            truth is like trying to hold an inflated beach ball under the water …….. you can only do it for so long ……. they try really hard to suppress the truth in unrighteousness …… but it just keeps popping up ………

          • Well said brother…..well said.

          • Amos Moses

            if only i was smart enough to have thought that up …………

          • LOL….I thought it was original but that does not make you any less smarter than what you already are!

        • JustThink

          Not to two men.
          Doesn’t work that way.
          Takes a man and woman to make a baby.
          Looks like that “equality” thing is just a hoax.

          • stars misplaced

            You don’t recognize Saddam and Rumsfeld?

    • Abortion is the premeditated MURDER of a baby.

      • stars misplaced

        No, abortion is a woman deciding not to carry her pregnancy to term. No need for the baby murder hyperbole.

        • Basic biology 101…..life begins at conception with mitosis and in this case it is a human life. It is a not yet fully developed human being….i.e. a human baby and to abort that baby is to murder that human life/baby.

          It is not hyperbole it is fact.

          • stars misplaced

            The only way you can call abortion murder is if the zef is granted personhood and abortion is made illegal, as of today the zef is not considered a person and abortion is still a legal medical procedure that women may avail themselves of if the do not wish to carry their pregnancies to term.

          • Murder is murder no matter how you try to dance around it or depersonalize the victim by using words such as zef or by calling the victim anything else in your vain attempt to deny what and who it really is.

            By condoning this carnage you are a partner in it and as such you have the blood of those innocents on your hands.

          • stars misplaced

            Nothing to dance around, you clearly do not know what murder is. Your flawed definition aside, I absolutely and unashamedly recognize a woman’s right to determine the course her pregnancy, if that means that she has an abortion, I’ve no problem with that.

          • We live in a world full of the evil that men do and your closed mind and black heart on this matter comes as no surprise.I pray for your sake that you repent and give your life to God through His son Christ Jesus while you still have the grace of time to do so.

          • stars misplaced

            You can pray until your knees hurt, but that will not change the fact that women are not subservient to a zef. You can carry all of your pregnancies to term if you so desire, you will not make that decision for another.

          • What you are spewing is not fact but lies from Satan.

          • stars misplaced

            You can think whatever you like, you will not determine the course of another’s pregnancy.

          • God will never agree with any of what you say in defense of murdering babies.

          • stars misplaced

            You can worry about what god thinks, my concern is that women are not reduced to walking incubators. If a woman decides she does not want to carry her pregnancy to term that is her decision, you and god will have to get over it.

          • God is your Judge. He is the Lord and Creator of the universe and mankind. It is He that has the final say in ALL things. Turn to Him in true repentance and give yourself to Him through His son Christ Jesus while you still have the grace of time to do so because tomorrow is not promised to anyone.

          • stars misplaced

            Osiris is your judge. He is lord and creator of the universe and mankind. It is He that has the final say in ALL things. Turn to him in true repentance and give yourself to Him through his son Horus while you still have the grace of time to do so because tomorrow is not promised to anyone.

          • And that explains all that is needed to be known as to why you think it is okay to murder babies.

          • stars misplaced

            Will you not accept Osiris and his son Horus and their promise of eternal life? How can you deny the holy mother, Isis? Your soul is on the line, Doug, please, I want your soul to be saved. The arms of Osiris are open and ready to embrace you in love for all eternity. Please do not deny him.

  • Croquet Player

    Christians must continue to fight against the death cult of abortion.

    • Croquet_Player

      Still working with a stolen name and avatar, huh? What’s the Christian position on theft?

      • Amos Moses

        hmmmm …. theft seems a strong word ….. not even sure “identity” theft would apply to a false identity ……… maybe evil twin ….. well from your perspective anyway ……

  • Gary Whiteman

    Abortion doesn’t just destroy the unborn child, it harms the whole culture. It devalues life, and it sends the message that something that is inconvenient can be destroyed. If abortion isn’t evil, nothing is evil.

    • Chris

      Especially when the ‘pr-life’ groups are prepared to legally force a woman to have an unwanted child but not prepared to help her raise it financially. Makes you wonder how far the ‘pro-life’ compassion extends doesn’t it?

  • Robert

    Thou shall not murder. Unless a person wants to and if they do hope that it’s not you or your unborn child.

    • Chris

      And don’t forget the lovely example of hypocrisy that spurs on fundies. When a woman wants an abortion it’s every tax payers business. Why? Because they care so much for the unborn.

      But when the woman is forced to give birth thanks to these same fundies the care for the now born dries up completely. For example no financial assistance for these poor mothers. Now the primary concern is the tax payer.

      Makes one wonder if these people ever cared for the mother or child at all doesn’t it?

  • Grace Kim Kwon

    Jesus always taught life. He is the Life. (John chapter 1) Abortion is murdering of innocent children and must get abolished altogether.

  • Robert

    Every one should murder who they want seems to be the way humanity is headed .the only reason that is a bad thing is .Christ died for all the innocent for the guilty. If he had not murdering off any one a person wanted to would be a small act of kindness .

    • Chris

      But according to the bible God was the greatest conspirer in mass murder in history. Or doesn’t that count?

  • Robert

    Everything is accountable to God he is accountable to no one.