Closure of Mississippi’s Only Abortion Clinic Following Supreme Court Ruling

Mississippi’s only abortion clinic, Jackson Women’s Health Organization, has closed its doors following the Supreme Court’s ruling to overturn Roe v. Wade. The clinic’s owner, Diane Derzis, had expected this outcome and had been preparing for the closure. The Supreme Court’s decision, announced on June 24, 2022, allowed a 2007 state law banning all abortions in Mississippi to take effect. The law only allows exceptions for cases where the life of the pregnant person is at risk or in instances of rape or incest, which must be reported to law enforcement.

Derzis, who also owned other clinics in Alabama, Georgia, and Virginia, had purchased Jackson Women’s Health Organization in 2010. The clinic, known locally as “The Pink House,” underwent renovations to create a welcoming and comfortable environment for patients. However, the clinic faced ongoing challenges due to restrictive abortion laws in Mississippi and the lack of access to abortion services in the state.

Following the Supreme Court’s ruling, the clinic experienced an increase in patient demand and heightened security concerns due to anti-abortion protesters. Derzis held a news conference outside the clinic, expressing her determination to continue providing abortion care for the next 10 days, as required by the certification process for the 2007 abortion ban. However, on July 6, 2022, the clinic officially closed after challenging the law in court, which ultimately did not succeed.

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