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There are FIVE states in the US that have only ONE health clinic that offers abortion services.
And the only reason Mississippi’s clinic is still open is because a federal judge has extended their temporary ban on the state’s new TRAP law (Targeted Regulations Against Abortion Providers)
There are actually three clinics in Arkansas, but two of them (both Planned Parenthoods) only offer the abortion pill, which is effective up to 9 weeks after your last period. Little Rock Family Planning Services provides abortions up to 21 weeks.
This is how anti-choicers prevent people from accessing abortion - not through legislation, but through stigma and threat of violence against providers. Two of three doctors at the Mississippi clinic fly in from out of state, because no local doctors/hospitals want to face the certain severe consequences from their colleagues, patients, family, and friends, as well as harassment and violence from anti-choice extremists.
I was going to point this out, but bebinn did it for me!
Help Someone Access a Safe Abortion
The lone abortion provider in Mississippi is in danger of being shut down in a little over a week. They are being flooded with calls from people desperate to get the health care they need before it’s too late. Already, many people in Mississippi must travel out of state to get a safe, legal abortion. This requires driving for hours, possibly staying overnight, and finding someone to take care of their children (61% of people who get abortions already have at least one child).
Now’s the time for that famous southern hospitality. Mississippians need help accessing abortion. They may not have transportation, a place to stay, or child care. If you can provide any of these things, even just a ride to the clinic or a couch to sleep on for a night, please contact the Abortion Assistance Blog. Here are some of the clinics people will be visiting:
New Woman All Women Health Care, Birmingham
Planned Parenthood, Birmingham
Planned Parenthood, Mobile
West Alabama Women’s Center, Tuscaloosa
Planned Parenthood, Fayetteville
Planned Parenthood, Little Rock
Little Rock Family Planning Services (only clinic that provides abortions after 8 weeks)
All Women’s Health Center, Inc., Gainesville
Bread & Roses Women’s Health Center, Gainesville
North Florida Women’s Health & Counseling Service, Tallahassee
Causeway Medical Clinic, Metairie, New Orleans
Hope Medical Group for Women, Shreveport
Planned Parenthood, Knoxville
Planned Parenthood, Nashville
The Women’s Center, Nashville
Volunteer Women’s Medical Clinic, Knoxville
If you live near any of these clinics, or have a place to stay along the journey from Mississippi, you could be the one to help someone in need access a safe, legal abortion. Please contact the Abortion Assistance Blog, and make a difference in someone’s life.
If anyone in Mississippi or nearby states can help these people out, please contact the Abortion Assistance Blog. I can’t imagine the Jackson Women’s Health Organization will be able to provide abortions for all of these people by July 11, when the clinic’s fate will be decided. People already have to travel out of state to get the health care they so desperately need, and in the meantime, they may need transportation, a place to stay, and child care. If you or someone you know can offer any of these things, even just a ride to the clinic or a couch to sleep on for the night, please let AAB know. You can make all the difference.
Mississippi State Representative Bubba Carpenter, speaking to the Alcorn County GOP on Thursday, said as much:
“We have literally stopped abortion in the state of Mississippi. Three blocks from the Capitol sits the only abortion clinic in the state of Mississippi. A bill was drafted. It said, if you would perform an abortion in the state of Mississippi, you must be a certified OB/GYN and you must have admitting privileges to a hospital. Anybody here in the medical field knows how hard it is to get admitting privileges to a hospital…
“It’s going to be challenged, of course, in the Supreme Court and all — but literally, we stopped abortion in the state of Mississippi, legally, without having to— Roe vs. Wade. So we’ve done that. I was proud of it. The governor signed it into law. And of course, there you have the other side. They’re like, ‘Well, the poor pitiful women that can’t afford to go out of state are just going to start doing them at home with a coat hanger. That’s what we’ve learned over and over and over.’
“But hey, you have to have moral values. You have to start somewhere, and that’s what we’ve decided to do. This became law and the governor signed it, and I think for one time, we were first in the nation in the state of Mississippi.”
I think one of the most important things we could do is to continually find ways to make pro-choice people proud and forthright about their beliefs, to puff them up with moral superiority and FACTS and send them out into the world with the conviction that abortion isn’t shameful, not even a little, that supporting abortion is not merely the right thing to do but opposing abortion is morally obscene, and that anyone who questions these two premises is more invested in self-righteousness than they are in human lives. I think if we could drain the residual shame from the movement and create activists who aren’t simply pro-choice but who understand that being “pro-life” is a symptom of not knowing what the fuck you’re talking about and not giving a damn as long as you can think of yourself as morally superior, we could move this fight toward a decisive victory.
What Bubba Carpenter says here, that it doesn’t matter if people seeking abortions die because forcing people into unsafe abortions is a winning MORAL position, shows how completely morally-corrupt the anti-choice position actually is. Bubba Carpenter is “pro-life”, via Garland’s on-spot definition, because he doesn’t give a damn about any actual people. Carpenter sees himself as morally superior to every person who has gotten an abortion or will ever get one. It’s hard to see the humanity in others when you are looking down at them from so far up on high.
Bubba Carpenter and the “morality” that he represents are truly disgusting. And there is nothing - NOTHING - pro-life about it.
How convenient for Bubba and other anti-choicers that they think morality starts and ends between your legs, because I can’t see where else they could be keeping theirs.
Also of interest: Bubba voted against a bill that would require the State Board of Education and State Board of Health to establish a pilot program for comprehensive (minus abortion), age-appropriate sex ed in high risk school districts. The bill, of course, stalled in the Senate committee. Mississippi must really love unplanned, unwanted pregnancies!
Mississippi Senate passes abortion regulation bill
I’m submitting this as a very angry Mississippi resident asking for a bit of a signal boost. We sort of fell off the radar after we defeated that personhood amendment, and they’re now trying to sneak more in. This, I fear, is just the start.
FYSE: Ugh! I feel you, being from Arkansas we don’t ever even fall on the radar despite people trying to pass the personhood and transvaginal ultrasound amendments here. We can’t let this happen anywhere!
Mississippi is definitely one (if not the) worst state out there. I’m sorry you have to live there. I’ve joked on multiple occasions that Arkansas state motto should be “At least we’re not Kansas or Mississippi”. I’ve only been to Mississippi once when I was really little so I don’t really remember it. There seriously needs to be a support group for us southerners who have to deal with our ridiculous states.
It’s official: The Mississippi Supreme Court has denied an ACLU challengeand ruled, 7-2, to let the “Personhood Amendment” be listed on the state ballot in November. The amendmentto Mississippi’s Constitutional would:
define the word ‘person’ or ‘persons’ … to include every human being from the moment of fertilization, cloning, or the functional equivalent thereof.
The implications of such an amendment are, frankly, astounding. The medical establishment, including the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, has long defined pregnancy as beginning with implantation, not fertilization. That’s in part because fully half of all fertilized eggs never divide, never implant, or spontaneously abort.
Defining fertilized eggs as people would likely make any action or medication that prevents implantation illegal. That includes not only abortion, but also most hormonal contraceptives and the IUD. It could also rule out life-saving abortion in cases of ectopic pregnancy, when a fertilized egg has implanted outside the uterus, usually in the fallopian tube, which results in a woman’s death if left untreated. Leola Reis at Planned Parenthood Southeast told Ms., “Bottom line, this bill puts politics above the health and safety of women.”
Because it’s so pro-life, to endanger the lives of women and every other pregnant person. Yep.
Please, nobody in Mississippi vote this into a law.
Mississippi voters will be allowed to decide on a ballot measure that defines “personhood” from the moment of fertilization, the Mississippi Supreme Court ruled last week. The measure could potentially outlaw abortions, birth control, in vitro fertilization and stem cell research across the state.
this is horrible news