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Owner: Mississippi abortion clinic sold out, won’t reopen

Jackson, Miss. ( Associated Press) — The Mississippi abortion clinic at the center of a U.S. Supreme Court case that ruled Roe v. Wade was overturned, has been sold and will not be reopened, even if it has been allowed to do so by a state court, its owner told The. Associated Press on Monday.

Diane Derzis said the furniture and equipment from the Jackson Women’s Health Organization has been moved to a new abortion clinic, which she will soon open in Las Cruces, New Mexico. The Jackson Clinic is known as the Pink House because of its brightly colored work, and was the last abortion clinic in Mississippi.

An anti-abortion protestor carries a sign from outside at the Jackson Women’s Health Organization also known as The Pink House on June 7, 2022 in Jackson, MS.

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Derzis said that people were calling to ask him about buying the building within minutes after the Supreme Court issued its June 24 ruling, which in Roe v. Wade and took away women’s constitutional protections for abortion across the country.

She said she did not think the building would be used as a medical facility.

“I didn’t ask because I didn’t really care,” Derzis said on Monday. “It’s a great building.”

The building is in the Fondren neighborhood of Jackson, which is home to an eclectic mix of restaurants, retail outlets, and entertainment venues.

Jackson Patients Gather In The Counseling Area At The Pink House, One Of The Last Remaining Abortion Providers In The South, At The Jackson Women'S Health Organization Also Known As The Pink House On June 7, 2022 In Jackson, Ms.
Jackson patients gather in the counseling area at The Pink House, one of the last remaining abortion providers in the South, at the Jackson Women’s Health Organization also known as The Pink House on June 7, 2022 in Jackson, MS.

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The Pink House stopped offering drug and surgical abortions on July 6, a day before Mississippi enacted a law banning most abortions. Mississippi was one of several states where the Supreme Court ruled in Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 decision to legalize abortion nationwide.

The Mississippi Trigger Law, passed in 2007, states that abortion is legal only if the pregnant woman’s life is in danger or the pregnancy resulted from rape reported to law enforcement. This is no exception for pregnancies caused by incest.

The Pink House is still engaged in a legal battle in Mississippi. On July 5, a state court judge rejected a request to block the trigger law from taking effect. The clinic appealed her decision to the state’s Supreme Court.

The clinic’s lawyers cited a 1998 Mississippi Supreme Court decision that held that the state’s constitution invokes a right to privacy that “includes an implicit right to or not to have an abortion.”

The state attorney general’s office argued that the 1998 ruling was rooted in U.S. Supreme Court decisions in 1973 and 1992 establishing or protecting abortion rights, but was reversed on June 24. But Mississippi Center for Justice attorney Rob McDuff, representing the clinic, argued that state judges never said their decision was made because of the federal constitution.

The state Supreme Court has set July 25 as the deadline for state lawyers to respond to the clinic’s appeal.

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