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Abortion Clinic Inspected

Posted by Steve Rogers | July 17, 2012 / 04:18pm | Local News, Political, Faith & Family, Health
By Jeff Amy/The Associated Press
JACKSON -- Health officials have inspected Mississippi's only abortion clinic, the first step in a process that could lead to its closure if a new state law survives a legal challenge.

Following Monday's inspection, the Mississippi Department of Health has 10 working days to issue findings to the Jackson Women's Health Organization.

Clinic owner Diane Derzis said she expected to be cited for not complying with the requirement that physicians have admitting privileges at an area hospital.

More administrative steps would have to follow before the clinic could be shut.

The clinic sued to block the law. U.S. District Court Judge Daniel P. Jordan (JER-dun) III issued a temporary order July 13 allowing it to stand, but barred the state from issuing criminal or civil penalties as the clinic tries to comply.
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