Although restricting abortion has long been a conservative goal in Mississippi, the Republican-appointed judge considering the constitutionality of the state’s stringent new abortion law doesn’t play politics in the courtroom, according to those who know him.
U.S. District Judge Daniel P. Jordan III temporarily blocked the new law that, if enforced, could shut down the state’s only abortion clinic.
Jordan (pronounced JER-dun) is a former GOP county chairman. He was recommended for the bench in 2006 by his former boss, Republican U.S. Sen. Trent Lott, and nominated by President George W. Bush. But even in a state where top Republicans supported a failed 2011 ballot initiative to declare that life begins when a human egg is fertilized, attorneys from across the political spectrum say Jordan is not ideologically inclined.