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Tears, rebellion when the last abortion clinic in Mississippi learns that Roe has fallen

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JACKSON — Pink House The decision to seal his fate fell after 9 am local time.

"They opposed Roe. Abortion is now illegal!" Protesters shouted outside Mississippi's only abortion clinic on Friday. There were rumors that the US Supreme Court overturned the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision.

The Jackson Women's Health Organization, nicknamed the Pink House for its bubblegum-colored appearance, is a national court over abortion rights after the High Court agrees to hear the challenge to Law, Mississippi. I was pushed into the center of the struggle.

For months, clinic staff and volunteers were preparing for the worst scenario. When the federal government's protection against abortion ends, Mississippi's abortion ban will be invoked and clinics will be closed.

On Friday, staff learned that the clinic could remain open for another 10 days before the state trigger law came into force.

A group of volunteer escorts in rainbow vests have helped guard the clinic for nearly a decade, but protesters blocked the driveway as dozens of patients arrived to book. I returned to work immediately so that there would be no volunteers.

"Stand there and hold your position," said Delenda Hancock, the chief clinic escort, she told her group.

I'm getting more nervous outside the clinic. The escorts repeatedly exploded Tom Petty's "I Won't Back Down" in an attempt to drown the protesters screaming in loudspeakers. A police car went around the block. The girl who pushed the bouquet into the fence of the clinic cried.

A busy patient leaving the clinic rushes out of the parking lot, shouting "I love your little baby" and pushing religious literature into the car window. Was about to attack.

Pastor David Lane, who has been protesting outside the Pink House for years, told a woman who drives to the clinic that she cannot have an abortion. When the patient drove the car, the clinic escorts yelled at him for disseminating false information.

"The reaction is, of course, one of gratitude, not uplifting," said Supreme Court decision Lane (78).

When the Pink House was closed, he said he was scheduled to start driving to protest at clinics in North Carolina and Kansas.

Cindy Janecke, a 58-year-old disaster recovery worker from New Orleans, approached the clinic with tears. When she and her husband learned that her Roe had capsized, she was driving the town on a road trip, so she tells the staff how important her work is. She said she wanted.

"Today is another day," said clinic escort Kim Gibson. "It can't be the last. We have to do something."

At a press conference on Friday afternoon, the clinic owner and director went to Las Cruces, New Mexico. We have confirmed that we will open a new place called "Pink House West".

According to owner Diane Delgis, patients should be ready in the coming weeks, and when Jackson's location is closed, it will be one of the closest abortion clinics to Mississippi. ..

Shannon Brewer, Executive Director of Pink House, was in New Mexico preparing to open the clinic when the Supreme Court ruled. She choked while she attended the press conference through Zoom and thanked the Jackson staff.

"We've been preparing, but we can't really prepare for the real day," Brewer said. "We are still here, we are still fighting, we are just fighting elsewhere."

(reported by Gabriella Borter, edited by Colleen Jenkins and Daniel Wallis)