Mississippi Admitting Privileges Bill (HB 1390)
Last updated: Jul 31, 2014
HB 1390 requires that all physicians associated with an abortion facility have admitting privileges at a local hospital and staff privileges to replace local hospital on-staff physicians. In addition, the bill states that all physicians associated with an abortion facility must be board certified or eligible in obstetrics and gynecology, and that a staff member trained in CPR must always be present at the abortion facility when it is open.
This bill was signed into law by Gov. Phil Bryant in April 2012 and went into effect on July 1, 2012.
A lawsuit challenging HB 1390 was filed in June 2012 on behalf of the Jackson Women’s Health Organization and Dr. Willie Parker. A federal district court partially blocked the law in July 2012, allowing the law to take effect but protecting the plaintiffs against the risk of criminal or civil penalties. In April 2013, the same federal district court fully blocked the law. After Mississippi appealed the ruling to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, on July 29, 2014, a three-judge panel ruled that the law is unconstitutional only as to the specific plaintiffs in the lawsuit. (See Jackson Women’s Health Organization v. Currier.)