Seven American states completely ban voluntary terminations of pregnancy.
Abortion rights protesters outside the Jackson Women's Health Organization clinic in Mississippi, which stopped performing abortions on Wednesday.
Mississippi on Thursday became the 7th U.S. state to ban abortions since the Supreme Court's ruling, resulting in final face-offs outside a clinic in Jackson.
Glad or angry, abortion rights advocates and opponents clashed outside the Jackson Women's Health Organization, at the heart of the Supreme Court's decision to revoke the right to abortion. #x27;voluntary termination of pregnancy (IVG).
Nicknamed the Pink House because of the color of its walls, the establishment performed its last abortions on Wednesday and received its last patients for follow-up consultations on Thursday.
Holding up large posters calling on people to love God with all their heart, soul, strength and mind, dozens of abortion opponents greeted them with prayers and music.
Opposite, abortion rights advocates countered with placards referencing the state's high maternal mortality rate: Why are you more interested in hypothetical lives than real ones? or Abortion is medical care.
Dr. Cheryl Hamlin, one of the doctors who worked at the clinic until then, violently attacked opponents of abortion, accusing them of not to respect women's rights.
Dr. Cheryl Hamlin practiced at the Jackson Women's Health Organization clinic, the only facility that performed abortions in the state of Mississippi.
The Pink House was for years the only clinic to perform abortions in this conservative and very religious southern state.
As such, she had taken legal action when local legislators had passed a law reducing the legal time limits for abortion.
The case had reached the Supreme Court which, on June 24, took the opportunity to bury its historic judgment Roe v. Wade of 1973 guaranteeing the right of women to terminate their pregnancy.
Anticipating this decision, 13 States had adopted laws to automatically ban abortions on their soil.
It's one of those zombie or trigger laws that went into effect Thursday in Mississippi. Adopted in 2007, it provides for 10-year prison sentences for violations.
Diane Derzis, owner of Maison Rose, is now planning to move to Las Cruces, New Mexico.
For l' moment, it's a very receptive state where we are welcome, she explained on public radio NPR.
Other clinics are also moving to this state or to Illinois, but I'm not sure there will be enough of them. #x27;establishments to accommodate all women in the South who will soon be deprived of access to abortion, she added.
Seven US states currently have a total ban on abortion. Legal battles are delaying the deadline in Louisiana in particular, but, eventually, access to abortion should disappear in half of the country.