JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – Supporters and opponents demonstrated Tuesday outside Mississippi’s only abortion clinic to mark 40 years since a U.S. Supreme Court ruling established a nationwide right to abortion.
Clinic owner Diane Derzis says the anniversary of the Roe vs. Wade decision was “a celebration of 40 years of safe medical services.”
Just over two miles away, anti-abortion activists carried a small coffin up the outside steps of the state Capitol and prayed for an end to abortion. The Rev. Philip “Flip” Benham, national director of Operation Save America, says the coffin contained an aborted fetus he calls baby Daniel.
The clinic, Jackson Women’s Health Organization, is fighting a 2012 state law that could eventually close it
A bill this year would ban abortion once a fetal heartbeat is detected.