Abortion ruling means more and riskier births in Mississippi


              The publicly owned Greenwood Leflore Hospital, in Greenwood, Miss., shown on Friday, Oct. 21, 2022, announced the permanent closure of its labor and delivery unit, saying it can't pay competitive wages to nurses. The closure means the area's women will need to travel about 45 minutes to give birth at a hospital, and without focused hospital support, the city's only OB/GYN clinic could struggle to provide maternity care. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)
            
              The publicly owned Greenwood Leflore Hospital, in Greenwood, Miss., shown on Friday, Oct. 21, 2022, announced the permanent closure of its labor and delivery unit, saying it can't pay competitive wages to nurses. The closure means the area's women will need to travel about 45 minutes to give birth at a hospital, and without focused hospital support, the city's only OB/GYN clinic could struggle to provide maternity care. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)
            
              Dr. Anita Henderson, president of Mississippi's chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, speaks at the  Kathy and Joe Sanderson Tower at Children's of Mississippi, the pediatric hospital complex of the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, Miss., Oct. 13, 2020. Henderson believes the closure of the labor and delivery unit at the publicly owned Greenwood Leflore Hospital causes pregnant women additional stress of more travel for prenatal care, costs of both work time and money, all of which might lead to a reduction of access to pre- and post-natal care for the mothers and infants. (Eric Shelton/The Clarion Ledger via AP)
            
              A community message is painted on a window of the publicly owned Greenwood Leflore Hospital, in Greenwood, Miss., Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. The hospital has announced the permanent closure of its labor and delivery unit, saying it can't pay competitive wages to nurses. The closure means the area's women will need to travel about 45 minutes to give birth at a hospital, and without focused hospital support, the city's only OB/GYN clinic could struggle to provide maternity care. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)
            
              Traffic passes the publicly owned Greenwood Leflore Hospital, in Greenwood, Miss., Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. The hospital announced the permanent closure of its labor and delivery unit, saying it can't pay competitive wages to nurses. The closure means the area's women will need to travel about 45 minutes to give birth at a hospital, and without focused hospital support, the city's only OB/GYN clinic could struggle to provide maternity care. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)
            
              A parking sign is at the Greenwood OB/GYN Associates clinic across the street from the Greenwood Leflore Hospital in Greenwood, Miss., welcomes patients, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. The hospital ceased to operate the OB/GYN clinic and a local pediatric care clinic on October 15. The University of Mississippi Medical Center has agreed to operate the clinic and the hospital is negotiating a long-term lease for the entire hospital with UMMC. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)
            
              An individual enters the Greenwood OB/GYN Associates clinic across the street from the Greenwood Leflore Hospital in Greenwood, Miss., Oct. 21, 2022. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)
Abortion ruling means more and riskier births in Mississippi