Mississippi’s last abortion facility violating state law on RU-496, complaint states

Jackson Women's Health Organization has not reported a single chemical abortion in the last five years.
Tue Apr 16, 2013 - 4:36 pm EST

JACKSON, MS, April 16, 2013 ( – Mississippi's last abortion facility has been violating state law for years by not reporting chemical abortions it performs with RU-486, according to a complaint filed by Mississippi Right to Life yesterday.


Jackson Women's Health Organization (JWHO) advertises that it offers “medical abortions with RU486/Mifepristone” for $550. The chemical abortions are provided in a “friendly atmosphere with patient care monitored at a high professional level,” according to its website, which prominently features a smiling African-American woman.


However, the facility has reported zero chemical abortions to the state in the last five years, according to documents provided by Mississippi Right to Life. has obtained a copy of the complaint, sent to the state Board of Health, as well as Governor Phil Bryant, Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves, Speaker Phillip Gunn, and Attorney General Jim Hood.

“JWHO is not in compliance with state law,” the complaint letter states.

“To report that not one chemical abortion has ever been performed in the State of Mississippi is wrong,” said Barbara Whitehead, president of Mississippi Right to Life. “The abortion center needs to be in compliance with the laws of our state and it is not. JWHO has been performing ‘non-surgical’ chemical abortions for several years.”


The complaint comes after U.S. District Judge Daniel P. Jordan III temporarily halted a law that would put JWHO out of business on Monday.

The closure would make Missisippi America's first aboriton-free state.

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Last year, the state passed a law requiring all abortionists to obtain admitting privileges at local hospitals. JWHO's abortionists have been unable to comply with the law, but Jordan – a George W. Bush appointee – stopped its implementation last July.

Monday's order grants a temporary break until the law's constitutionality can be decided.

Jordan ruled that closing the facility “would — as the state seems to concede in this argument — force Mississippi women to leave Mississippi to obtain a legal abortion.” That, he said, “would result in a patchwork system where constitutional rights are available in some states but not others.”

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