MS: “Pink House” becomes ground zero in abortion battle

Source: Reuters

“For eight years, Derenda Hancock has ushered women from their cars to the doors of Mississippi’s only abortion clinic, donning a rainbow vest as she shields them from protesters waving religious pamphlets and shouting ‘turn back!’ through bullhorns. Hancock, a 62-year-old part-time waitress, grew accustomed to repeated attempts by lawmakers and anti-abortion activists to block access to abortions at the Jackson Women’s Health Organization where she leads the clinic’s volunteer escorts. But the future of that access feels threatened like never before after the U.S. Supreme Court thrust the clinic’s noisy city block into the center of the country’s contentious debate over abortion rights. The court on Monday agreed to review Mississippi’s bid to ban most abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy, a Republican-backed measure enacted in direct challenge to the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling that legalized abortion nationwide.” (05/23/21)