More than 100 rally at only Miss abortion clinic

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — More than 100 people rallied for Mississippi's only abortion clinic after a trial date was set in its fight against a state law.

The Clarion-Ledger ( ) reports that people from across Mississippi and as far as Houston, Texas, and Louisville, Ky., gathered Saturday outside Jackson Women's Health Organization.

Sunsara Taylor of and the Abortion Rights Freedom Ride said Mississippi is among five states with one abortion provider.

Mississippi's law requires every doctor at an abortion clinic to have privileges to admit patients to a local hospital.

Owner Diane Derzis has said that hospitals rejected requests from doctors at her clinic. The OB-GYNs working there don't live in Mississippi. Hospitals often won't give privileges to out-of-state physicians.

On Friday, a federal judge scheduled trial next March.

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