The Latest After The Decision Of The Supreme Court To Annul The Right To Abortion

“Chaos” at the last abortion clinic in Mississippi, which promised to remain open for the next few days

The owner of the only abortion clinic in the state of Mississippi promised at a news conference Friday afternoon to remain open and continue providing services to women for the next 10 days, hours after the US Supreme Court • issued a ruling that eliminates the constitutional right to abortion throughout the country.

“We continue to provide services, and women like me, and there are many across the country, will be doing the same. And I tell them that today we are not going to leave. We are not giving up,” said Diane Derzis, owner of the Jackson Women’s Health Organization.


Under Mississippi law, the abortion ban triggered by today’s Supreme Court decision will take effect 10 days after Mississippi Attorney General Lynn Fitch certifies the decision. Fitch has not announced plans for certification.

“That means we will be open for the next 10 days and we will be seeing patients for the next 10 days. Even if they have to do what they have done so often and that is because of this kind of terrorism,” Derzis said, referring to anti-abortion activists who have frequently gathered near the clinic. “I will tell you that any patient who contacts us, we will take care of them. We will make sure to see them during those 10 days,” Derzis said. “A woman shouldn’t have to go out of state to get medical care.”

Beginning at 4 a.m. local time on Saturday, anti-abortion activists began showing up at the clinic, according to WABNEWS’s Nadia Romero.

“Things got really noisy, they really got carried away. The police were called,” he reported, adding that the situation has since calmed down.

“They let the women into the facility hours before it was technically open because there was so much chaos outside,” she reported.

Clinic volunteer Kim Gibson told Romero that staff will continue to “put the patient first…in the face of some really monstrous protesters.”

Romero said the inside lobby was packed on Saturday.

Once the Mississippi clinic is forced to close its doors, Derzis said they plan to continue helping women find the services they need.

“It is financing throughout the country. So we know how to get her in touch with those people and find out what the closest clinic is that she knows of, there will be women who can afford a plane ticket and if they can get on a plane and get to Las Cruces, or Baltimore, Maryland or wherever , Chicago, Illinois, so wherever it’s easiest to get it because your needs have to come first,” Derzis said.

Derzis and his team have initiated plans to open a new clinic in Las Cruces, New Mexico, where they will continue to provide services.



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