Mississippi’s lone abortion clinic misses deadline to comply with state law

Mississippi’s only abortion clinic missed a Friday deadline to comply with a state law requiring each of its physicians to get hospital admitting privileges.

The state Health Department won’t close the clinic immediately. The department will set an inspection later, and if it orders a shutdown, the clinic can appeal.

Diane Derzis is administrator of the clinic, Jackson Women’s Health Organization. She says every Jackson-area hospital where the clinic applied for privileges said it doesn’t want to deal with the pressure of being associated with abortion providers.