Miss. to appeal injunction in abortion clinic case

Mississippi will ask a federal appeals court to overturn a ruling that has temporarily blocked authorities from closing the state’s only abortion clinic. And, Attorney General Jim Hood said he’s hoping to get an indication from the appeals court on whether the state will be successful in defending the 2012 law that threatens to close the clinic, even before a dispute goes to trial.

U.S. District Judge Daniel P. Jordan III ruled in April that the state couldn’t close Jackson Women’s Health Organization while the clinic still has a federal lawsuit pending.

The state filed a notice on Friday that it will ask the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans to overturn Jordan’s decision.