Last Abortion Clinic In Mississippi Gets Painted Bright Pink

“A lot of the houses and businesses are painted different colors,” says a staff member, “so why not make it blend in?”

The Jackson Women’s Health Organization after its new paint job.

The Jackson Women’s Health Organization (at JWHO), the last operating abortion clinic in Mississippi, may be facing closure, but that didn’t stop it from getting a new paint job.

A clinic employee who identified herself as Shannon confirmed Tuesday that the center had recently gotten a new coat of paint. She said the owner had decided to repaint. She said the new pink hue wasn’t meant as a reference to women’s rights: “I don’t think [the owner] so much thought it was a statement about women, but it could be considered that, I guess. She just wanted to go along with the bright colors in the area.”

Many buildings and homes in the area are similarly bright (see below). “This is our district and a lot of the houses and businesses are painted different colors,” said Shannon, “so why not make it blend in?”

The clinic may be closed since a law last year required all abortion providers in the state to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital, and all hospitals have rejected the JWHO doctors’ applications. The state Dept. of Health sent the clinic a letter on Monday stating that it was out of compliance with state law and that its license would be revoked — the clinic plans to request a public hearing to protest. For now, though, JWHO remains open — and bright.

Buildings painted orange and blue in the same neighborhood as JWHO.

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