Update: State of Faith But Little Works

A federal judge on Wednesday decided to continue to block a state law that threatened to shut down Mississippi’s only abortion clinic and make it nearly impossible for a woman to get the procedure in the state (see original post).

As you may recall, Mississippi state government said the privileges help protect patients by ensuring they have continuity of care if a woman needs to go to the hospital. They also note that while the clinic might have to wait to get hospital privileges, “inconvenience is not `irreparable harm.'”

Speaking on CNN’s Starting Point, Representative Mims noted, “We do believe this is a health care issue for women” and further indicated the law it’s designed to protect women’s health by ensuring continuous care in cases where the procedure goes terribly wrong.

From a 50,000 mile viewpoint, Representative Mims’ thought process almost sounds logical.  That is until one reviews other doctors who perform serious procedures in the office.

Let’s take one example: chiropractors. According Manta.com, there are 313 Offices and Clinics of Chiropractors in Mississippi. Whatstheharm.net has documented 312 people around the world who have suffered, injury, stroke or death from an improper neck adjustment.

So my question to Mr. Mims, Mississippi legislature and others who truly pursue this Mississippi law on the grounds of a healthcare issue, “Are chiropractors required to be certified with admission privileges at local hospitals?”

How about other doctors who provide and perform other services, which can go so wrong?

When one digs deeper than the 50,000-foot mark, Mississippi is continually rated one of the worst in healthcare.  And they still are today.



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