State Brief Details Checkered History of Abortion in Mississippi as Last Abortion Clinic Fails to Comply with New Law

Jackson, MS – The Jackson Women’s Health Organization, the last remaining abortion clinic in Mississippi, failed to meet a Friday deadline for compliance with a new law that requires abortionists to maintain local hospital privileges.

In a brief filed Friday in response to the JWHO request for a preliminary injunction further barring enforcement of the law, the State of Mississippi reiterated that the law was meant to protect women from abandonment by itinerant abortionists. Currently JWHO currently employs four abortionists, three of which fly in from other states to do abortions then fly out, leaving women suffering complications without continuity of care. The fourth abortionist maintains hospital privileges in Jackson, but does few, if any abortions. All local hospitals have rejected out-of-state abortionists’ applications for hospital privileges.

Attorneys for the state point out that JWHO’s owner, Diane Derzis, has been charged previously with health and safety violations so severe that it led to the State of Alabama to issue an order closing another of Derzis’ abortion clinics, New Women All Women, in Birmingham last year.

Furthermore, abortionist Joseph Booker, who worked at JWHO until July, 2010, filed suit against his former employer alleging that Derzis had “instituted numerous practices that jeopardized the health and safety of patients” including not using a “local doctor who has hospital admitting privileges” in the event of abortion complications.

The state bolstered its arguments concerning the need for hospital privileges to ensure continuity of patient care with evidence that Mississippi has a “checkered past of unsafe practices and unscrupulous providers.”

Mississippi’s history of substandard abortion providers include:

Malachy DeHenre was an abortionist at the defunct New Woman Medical Center in Jackson. DeHenre’s medical license was suspended in Mississippi, Alabama, and New York after he was held liable for a botched abortion on Latosho Travis, which resulted in severe hemorrhaging and an emergency hysterectomy. Other allegations against DeHenre include a death in Alabama and other malpractice claims. DeHenre is currently serving a 20 year sentence for manslaughter in the shooting death of his wife.
Milan Chepko was also an abortionist at New Woman Medical Center in Jackson. He and abortionist Larry Lipscomb were sued for alleged negligence related to a failed abortion. He was convicted of “a felony or misdemeanor involving moral turpitude” in 1991. His North Carolina medical license was revoked in 1991, leading to the loss of medical licenses in New Jersey and Georgia.
Thomas Tvedten was a Mississippi abortionist who was sued for malpractice related to injuries suffered during an incomplete abortion in 1995.
Thomas W. Tucker operated abortion clinics in Jackson and Southaven, which were closed after Tucker’s Mississippi medical license was suspended.

“After looking at the abysmal safety record of abortionists in Mississippi, the hospital privilege requirement is the very least that the state can do to protect women,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue and Pro-life Nation. “It’s time to enforce the law before more harm is inflicted on the public by Derzis and her shoddy abortion practices.”

The new law was the result of collaboration between Newman and Terry Herring of the Pro-Life America Network.

A date has not yet been set for a hearing in this case. Meanwhile Jackson Women’s Health Organization continues to operate behind the shield of a temporary injunction in noncompliance with the law, leaving women at risk.

Read the State’s Brief in Opposition to JWCO’s request for Preliminary Injunction

  • Tony Hinrichs

    We need to continue to pray, picket, inform and provide alterntives to couples who have an unplanned pregnancy and let them know that there is help available and that having a baby can be a real joy for both parents as children are a gift from God.

  • randy crawford

    It isn’t women who go to the abortion mills. They don’t deserve the privilege of using the word ‘woman’ or ‘women’ since they have not earned the status of women. They are merely stupid selfish sluts, and since that’s what they are, stupid selfish sluts is what they should be called. They also know it is their own separate distinct chilren they are viciously murdering. The proof of that is they don’t want a single inch of tissue cut from their own arm or leg. They lie and say ‘my body, my choice’ but they know the baby is a different body of a different person. So, they are willing to vivisect and dismember another innocent person’s body, but they won’t accept a single cut being applied to what they know is, separately, their own body. Being murderous hypocrites, all they believe in is suffering applied to anyone other than themselves.

  • steve

    It is INDEED women who go to abortion clinics, not ‘stupid selfish sluts.’ They are human beings who are also the victims of abortion. Something drove them there. Fortunately, there are countless testimonies of women who have been ministered to by Christian counselors and in many cases decided against the abortion. Others have been marred for life over the decision to abort. There in no need to dehumanize these people in the process. Also, not a very convincing message against abortion, when you dishonor the women with those words.

  • Somebody at OR, please remove Randy’s post. It is inappropriate and veers way off the issue at hand.

  • Rose Leon

    @Randy Crawford: You will not save babies’ lives by insulting the babies’ mothers. Further, your comments are inappropriate. “Slut” means promiscuous, and some abortion patients are married women who have been faithful to their husbands. “Stupid” and “selfish” could be slapped on all of us. Who hasn’t, at some point, made foolish, selfish decisions? None of us are any better than abortion patients. We have all sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.

    And I’m not convinced that all abortion patients are acting selfishly. For selfish reasons, I would never choose abortion. Some women are being pressured by the babies’ irresponsible and selfish fathers, by family members, by abortion workers. Some are erroneously concerned about overpopulation. I sidewalk counseled a woman who thought she should abort for the sake of population control. She said: “There are so many people in this world.” I replied: “Every one of those people is made in God’s image and precious in His sight. And so are you. So is your baby. You are made in God’s image and precious in His sight, and so is your baby.” The woman began crying. She changed her mind and left.

    Please be respectful toward everyone. Remember, we are all made in God’s image.

  • Don LaRegina

    Hey man let me tell you something-my wife had an abortion back in the 70’s long before we met.Yes the aftermath has been tragic for a lot of years.Don’t you dare call her a “selfish slut.” She’s never been that way.
    Rose has it right-most women seeking abortions are pressured and/or deceived,and they’re trying to please someone else.
    Mr Crawford I wonder what your true motivation was for posting here.