Last Mississippi Abortion Clinic Breaking Law, Pro-Lifers Want it Closed

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Apr 16, 2013   |   6:09PM   |   Jackson, MS

The Jackson Women’s Health Organization (JWHO), widely known as the Jackson abortion center, has been doing RU486 chemical abortions for many years without ever reporting any of them.

That’s what the pro-life group Mississippi Right to Life says in a new statement that comes on the heels of a judge saying the abortion business can stay open despite it not complying with another law that requires hospital admitting privileges for its abortion practitioners.

MRL says these chemical, or “non-surgical,” abortions are advertised and promoted on its website. The link to the web page promoting chemical abortions can be found here.

Although the Jackson abortion center has long done chemical abortions, a check of the Vital Statistics records filed yearly with the Mississippi Department of Health shows no “non-surgical” abortion ever having been reported. The last five yearly reports are hyperlinked:

2011: page 42 2010: page 44 2009: page 44 2008: page 44 2007: page 44

This is a clear violation of our abortion reporting law enacted in 2004, Miss. Code Ann. § 41-41-78, found here, the group tells LifeNews.

“To report that not one chemical abortion has ever been performed in the State of Mississippi is wrong,” stated 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.”



Non-surgical abortions have been made widely available since the FDA approved the deadly RU486 drug in 2000.

A formal letter of complaint has been issued to the Mississippi Board of Health and also to legislative leaders, demanding that the abortion center be in compliance with the law. Additionally the Health Officer was asked to share this non-compliance information with those who will be hearing other issues concerning JWHO’s non-compliance with the hospital admitting privileges later this week.