|Hinds County: location of the only remaining abortion clinic in Mississippi.|
According to the San Francisco Chronicle, Mississippi may be the first state to have zero abortion clinics.
Beginning July 1, all abortion-clinic physicians must have admitting privileges at a local hospital under a law passed by the Republican-led Legislature and signed by Republican Governor Phil Bryant in April. At the Jackson Women’s Health Organization, the state’s sole remaining clinic providing elective abortions, none of the three physicians who perform the procedure has been granted those privileges.
The article discusses how a majority of abortive Mississippi women already go out-of-state for their abortions. For the women who get their abortions in Mississippi:
…the majority went to women who were nonwhite, unmarried, had a high-school degree or less and already had children, according to Health Department statistics.
Notice it doesn’t say “or already had children.” It says and. The majority already have children and have a high school degree or less.
I used to be more interested in the legal battles of the abortion debate, but the longer I go the more I feel the pro-life movement needs more victories over hearts and minds before the legal victories will really be helpful. Apparently the pro-life activist interviewed for this article felt similarly:
Doug Hiser appears to be less concerned about making abortion inaccessible and more concerned about being able to talk to abortive-minded women about their situations.
What do you think? Is it more important to change minds or change laws? Obviously we want to do both, but which strategy takes precedence, and why?