An Update from The Pink House – and a Request

Firstly, we wanted to send out a message of solidarity and unity to our fellow abortion providers in Texas and with everyone dealing with the massive implications of the bill that was allowed by The Supreme Court to take effect banning abortions after 6 weeks.

We know that day was a hard day for many, but wanted to share with everyone what it was like for the staff at the only clinic in Mississippi.  From 8 am until closing, our office was inundated with non-stop calls from Texas patients seeking abortion care.  We spent the day trying to not only reassure these patients that our clinic is open and available to give them care, but also inform them of the processes required by the State of Mississippi in order to receive abortion care – most specifically the 24-hour waiting period between the patient’s 1st visit for counseling and 2nd visit when they see the doctor.

The Pink House is honored to be in the position to provide vital and necessary health care services to anyone who needs them. This is why our staff and doctors walk through throngs of hostile, screaming, and threatening protesters day after day and week after week – because they are dedicated to being there and being strong when they are needed the most.

With the pending Supreme Court hearing of Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization scheduled to be heard on December 1, 2021, we don’t know how long we will be able to offer our services. Until we are told we must close our doors, The Pink House Fund is here to offer swift and direct assistance to patients in need.

If you would like to support the patients, doctors, and staff at this monumentally pivotal time in our history, you may do so here. 

Thank you.

Mississippi Officially Becomes Battleground to Overturn Roe

 

The news we have been waiting for finally came today.  The Supreme Court announced this morning that they would review the Mississippi law that bars abortions after the 15th week of pregnancy.   This may sound like a “common sense” restriction on abortion, but the outcome of this case could effectively determine whether ALL pre-viability bans on elective abortions violate the Constitution.  Since 15 weeks is so drastically and blatantly before viability, if the Supreme court upholds the ban passed by the Mississippi Legislature in 2018, the decision would open the door for ALL states to pass bans at ANY point before viability.

The clinic, staff, and doctors are committed to continuing to provide services to the people who come to us for care- many of whom now come to us from surrounding states such as Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, and Louisiana because of lack of services in those states.   With the hearing for this case expected in the fall, time suddenly seems like it’s running out.  Thank you to everyone out there who has sent us messages of love, support, and power – we hear you!

Today’s response from our law firm and clinic owner:

Supreme Court to Hear Abortion Ban Case Challenging Roe v. Wade

This case presents a direct challenge to Roe v. Wade and is the first pre-viability abortion ban the Court will rule on since Roe 

 

5.17.2021 – (PRESS RELEASE) Today, the U.S. Supreme Court granted Mississippi’s request to review a case challenging the state’s ban on abortion after 15 weeks of pregnancy. These kind of bans on abortion prior to viability have been unconstitutional since 1973, when the Supreme Court decided the landmark case Roe v. Wade. In this case, the Court has agreed to consider the question as to whether all pre-viability prohibitions on abortion are unconstitutional.

The challenge to Mississippi’s 15-week ban was brought by the Center for Reproductive Rights, the law firm Paul Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison, and the Mississippi Center for Justice on behalf of Jackson Women’s Health Organization—the last remaining abortion clinic in Mississippi. The state of Mississippi asked the Supreme Court to take this case after the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals struck down the law in December 2019. 

Statement from Diane Derzis, owner of Jackson Women’s Health Organization—the sole abortion clinic in Mississippi:

“As the only abortion clinic left in Mississippi, we see patients who have spent weeks saving up the money to travel here and pay for childcare, for a place to stay, and everything else involved. If this ban were to take effect, we would be forced to turn many of those patients away, and they would lose their right to abortion in this state. Mississippi politicians have created countless barriers for people trying to access abortion, intentionally pushing them later into pregnancy. It’s all part of their strategy to eliminate abortion access entirely.”

Statement from Nancy Northup, President & CEO of the Center for Reproductive Rights:

Alarm bells are ringing loudly about the threat to reproductive rights. The Supreme Court just agreed to review an abortion ban that unquestionably violates nearly 50 years of Supreme Court precedent and is a test case to overturn Roe v. Wade.

The consequences of a Roe reversal would be devastating. Over 20 states would prohibit abortion outright. Eleven states—including Mississippi—currently have trigger bans on the books which would instantaneously ban abortion if Roe is overturned. Already, abortion is nearly impossible to access for people in states like Mississippi, where lawmakers have been chipping away at the right to abortion for decades. We will keep fighting to make sure that people do not lose this fundamental right to control their own bodies and futures.”

For now, abortion remains legal in Mississippi and the ban will remain blocked as the Supreme Court reviews the case. Mississippi passed their 15-week ban in 2018, followed by a 6-week ban in 2019. Twelve other states have passed unconstitutional abortion bans at various points in pregnancy since 2019, and each ban that has been challenged has  been subsequently struck down: Alabama; Arkansas; Georgia; Kentucky; Louisiana; Montana, Missouri; Ohio; Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee; and Utah. In 2016, the Supreme Court denied petitions for certiorari on two abortion ban cases appealed by North Dakota (six-week ban) and Arkansas (12-week ban). Abortion bans threaten the health, rights, and lives of people of color and low-income people disproportionately, as they already face more hurdles when accessing abortion.

 

Court to weigh in on Mississippi abortion ban intended to challenge Roe v. Wade

A Little Holiday Cheer for 2020

We all know what kind of a year 2020 has been, let’s just say it hasn’t had much cheer.  The Pink House Fund was honored to be able to spread some holiday cheer to the staff and doctors that deliver high quality abortion care to Mississippi families with some gift cards and chocolate.  We hope you all have a good holiday season, hang in there, and we will make it through this together.  Thank you for all your support this past year.  Your words and your support are appreciated and part of the fire that keeps the Pink House going.