To start the process of closing the only public abortion provider in the state of Mississippi, the first step is for the state to do an inspection to see if the practitioners are acting in compliance with the new law mandating abortions only be performed by board-certified OB-GYNs with admitting privileges to a local hospital.
That first step has now been taken. WJTV reports that the state inspected the clinic on Thursday, January 17th, and that it will send a letter to Jackson Women’s Health Organization stating what their findings were.
Both the clinic’s owner, Diane Derzis and the Center for Reproductive Rights have been open about the providers’ inability to gain admitting privileges and that inspectors will inevitably find them not in compliance with the TRAP law.
Once a letter is sent informing the clinic of the state’s decision to revoke the license, the clinic will have 30 days before they can appeal the decision.
RH Reality Check will be reporting from Jackson beginning Sunday, January 20th, through the anniversary of Roe v. Wade on January 22nd.