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Woman gives birth at Mississippi's sole abortion clinic

JACKSON, Miss (WJTV) - A woman goes into Mississippi's sole abortion clinic and ends up giving birth.

According to the clinic, the woman went in for what she thought would be an abortion consultation.

When the doctor checked her, he discovered she was in labor.

"He asked us to call 911, instructed us that they patient was fixing to deliver," said Shannon Brewer, Director of the Jackson Women's Health Clinic.

Before paramedics could arrive, the baby was born.

"I've been here 18 years and I've never seen that happen."

Brewer said it's common for their patients not to know how far along they are in their pregnancies.

"It's a common thing for us to see patients for their initial visit and they're too far or they just don't know how far along they are."

Protestors outside the clinic say they are relieved.

"At first we didn't realize it was a live child and we're really excited for a live child to be born here because we're here week after week and what we see is women leaving here after having an abortion," said Dana Chisholm with Pro-Life Mississippi.

In a statement, Pro-Life Mississippi said they want to extend help to the new mother.


The pro-life community is ready and willing to offer help to the mother and newborn child. PLM regularly extend relational support, financial assistance, and referrals for healthcare resources to women who choose life for their children. 
“Our number one goal is the safety of women and their babies,” Duran said. “We are very happy that this mother and baby girl are celebrating life today. At the same time we mourn the mothers and babies who will suffer because a doctor with a dangerous history is allowed to perform abortions at this clinic.”

Lawmakers passed legislation prohibiting abortions in Mississippi after 15 weeks. A federal court has extended the current law allowing abortion up to 20 weeks after conception, pending the outcome of legal proceedings challenging the constitutionality of the new language.

 

 


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