The only abortion clinic in Mississippi has shut as a near-total ban on the procedure takes effect in the state.
Jackson Women’s Health Organization, the clinic at the heart of the US Supreme Court case reversing Roe v Wade, stopped giving abortions as the “trigger law” comes into force following the decision.
The ruling has left individual states to decide on abortion rights.
Battles over bans it triggered are now playing out around the US.
In Mississippi, the state ban that has been triggered prohibits abortions at any point of a pregnancy, forcing Jackson Women’s Health to stop giving the procedure.
Yesterday, it’s last day of operations, protesters clashed outside the clinic as it sought to see as many patients as possible before ending abortion services.
The Mississippi “trigger law” was passed in 2007 and written to go into effect ten days after a Supreme Court reversal of Roe v Wade.
The law carries penalties of up to 10 years in prison for violations, and provides exceptions only in cases of danger to the life of the mother or rape that has been reported to law enforcement.