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Mississippi Abortion Clinic Set For License Hearing

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MISSISSIPPI ABORTION CLINIC
Clinic owner Diane Derzis stands outside the Jackson Women's Health Organization Inc., Mississippi’s only commercial abortion clinic in Jackson, Miss., Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2013. Derzis said the anniversary of the Roe vs. Wade decision was "a celebration of 40 years of safe medical services." Activists pro-and anti-abortion marked 40 years since a U.S. Supreme Court ruling established a nationwide right to abortion, with protests at the Capitol and at the clinic. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis) | AP

JACKSON, Miss. — Mississippi's only abortion clinic says it is scheduled for an April 18 license revocation hearing before the state Department of Health.

The Center for Reproductive Rights said Wednesday that the Jackson Women's Health Organization had received notice of the hearing date.

The Health Department told the clinic in late January that it intends to revoke the clinic's license because it had failed to fulfill requirements of a 2012 state law. The law says anyone who does abortions at the clinic must be an OB-GYN who has privileges to admit patients to a Jackson-area hospital.

Clinic owner Diane Derzis says no local hospital would grant the privileges to the out-of-state OB-GYNs who work at the clinic.

The facility is allowed to stay open while they appeal the possible loss of their license.

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