Friday, July 21, 2006

Antiabortion Group Protesting for Closure of Jackson, Miss. ...

U.S. District Judge William Barbour on Tuesday denied a request by the antiabortion group Operation Rescue/Operation Save America for a temporary restraining order against the Jackson Police Department for alleged First Amendment violations during the group's eight-day protest targeting the Jackson Women's Health Organization, the only abortion clinic in Mississippi, the Jackson Clarion-Ledger reports (Cogswell/Rupp, Jackson Clarion-Ledger, 7/19). Six abortion clinics have closed in Mississippi in the past decade, according to National Organization for Women Jackson Chapter President Michelle Colon. The Jackson clinic opened in 1995 and sees about 4,000 women a year, according to NOW President Susan Hill. OSA has said it is targeting the clinic this year to "send a message" to antiabortion advocates "that the battle to end abortion can be won" (Kaiser Daily Women's Health Policy Report, 7/17).

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