A Judge Just Threw A Monkey Wrench In The Mississippi Gov's Plans To Make His State 'Abortion-Free'

Mississippi Governor Phil BryantGov. Phil Bryant at a National Governors Association meeting

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A judge threw a monkey wrench last night in Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant’s plans to make his state “abortion-free.”In an order released late Sunday, a federal judge in Mississippi temporarily blocked a law aimed at shutting down the state’s only remaining abortion clinic, The New York Times reported.

The law was set to go into effect Monday but has been delayed until the court can have a hearing on it July 11.

Under the law, abortion clinics would have had to employ doctors who had permission from local hospitals to admit patients, the Times reported.

The measure would have effectively shuttered the Jackson Women’s Health organisation, whose doctors did not have such deals with local hospitals.

While the law’s proponents said the measure was aimed at protecting the health of women, its critics reportedly said it would have forced women to drive hundreds of miles away for abortions.

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