Melissa Harris-Perry Slams Law That Could Leave State Without A Single Abortion Provider

05/18/2014 02:23 pm ET | Updated May 18, 2014

Melissa Harris-Perry painted a grim portrait of abortion access in the South on her Saturday show, criticizing the Mississippi law that could close down the state's single abortion clinic.

The law requires doctors who perform abortions to have admitting privileges at local hospitals. It's threatening to shutter the Jackson Women's Health Organization, but it's currently being being challenged in court.

On Saturday, Harris-Perry responded to Paul E. Barnes, the attorney who is representing the state in the case. Barnes has said that there's "nothing inherently burdensome" about forcing a woman to cross a state line in order to access safe and legal abortion care.

"A woman seeking an abortion would first need access to transportation, expendable cash and the ability to take time off work or caring for her other children, which already seems pretty burdensome," Harris-Perry said.

She then ran through pending legislation in other southern states that she said could potentially close all but 10 abortion clinics across Texas, Louisiana, Alabama and Mississippi.

Watch Harris-Perry's comments in the clip above.

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