Mississippi TRAP Law Has Not Gone Into Effect But Already Affecting Clinic

The state legislature may not have been able to shut down Jackson Women's Health Organization with its new law yet, but it has already had an effect on their financial well being.

Protesters outside Mississippi's last abortion clinic. AP Photo.

Although the Mississippi TRAP law requiring hospital admitting privileges may not have achieved its end goal of shutting down the sole public abortion provider in the state yet, it is already having another effect on Jackson Women’s Health Organization–added expense.

Via the National Partnership for Women and Families:

Mississippi’s only abortion clinic has hired two extra staff members to handle paperwork related to a new law (HB 1390) that requires doctors who provide abortion care to be board certified in obstetrics and gynecology and have admitting privileges at a local hospital, Politico Pro reports. However, every hospital that has responded to the clinic’s applications for its doctors to obtain admitting privileges has denied the requests so far (Smith, Politico Pro, 8/31)….”Each application was at least 50 pages long,” she noted, adding that the two new staffers worked on the issues “for months” (Politico Pro, 8/31).

Now let’s wait to see how long it takes before Republicans point to this as an example to prove that they really are creating jobs.