The Jackson police bomb squad and inspectors with the U.S. Postal Service were called in to investigate a suspicious package at the state's only abortion clinic.
Around 2pm Tuesday, clinic employees received a small box in the mail that had return address. Staffers overreacted and called police, according to Corporal Loris Taylor, commander of the bomb squad.
The street around the clinic on North state street in the Fondren business district was shut down for nearly two hours while authorities examined the package.
The clinic has been at the center of controversy since a new 2012 state law that would essentially force it to close its doors.
The law requires doctors performing abortions at the facility to get admitting privileges at local hospitals in case there’s a problem with a patient. Clinic managers have been unable to acquire admitting privileges.
The building was closed at the time of the incident. But it’s not uncommon to see pro-life protesters on the sidewalk outside with signs attempting to counsel women about alternatives to abortion.
Corporal Taylor says because of the sensitive nature of what it does, they erred on the side of caution.
He urges everyone to clearly mark and label packages with a return address before mailing them.
Postal inspectors x-rayed the box and later opened it to see what was inside. They determined the contents were harmless.
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