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.
h/t Irin Carmon.