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Abortion clinic president in Jackson for protest

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

On one side of State Street, a group sang Christian music and prayed, while another group across the road was a bit more vocal.

The Jackson Women's Health Organization, the only abortion clinic in the state is a major site of division.

"They need to know that God is not very pleased with what's going on," said anti-abortion activist Bruce Stuckey.

Diane Derzis, the President of the Jackson Women's Health Organization said "We plan on being here we plan on protecting the premises and protecting the rights of the women in the state."

Derzis said her clinic known as the "pink house" is in a critical state along with others nationwide. Officials in Texas just ruled to shut down several abortion clinics there and the "pink house" could close too. In 2012 the state legislature passed a law requiring the clinic's doctors to have admitting privileges at hospitals. Abortion rights advocates continue to challenge that decision.

"This law literally targets one building in the state and our providers and we are challenging that law," said community activist and pro-abortion advocate Nancy Kohsin-Kintigh.

 "We're tired of white men legislating on the backs of white brown and black women," said Derzis.

 Anti-abortion activists said their beliefs on abortion are biblical and their goal is to protect babies and women.

"Women do have rights and men have rights and we thank God for those God given rights, however we do not have the right to throw our children off of bridges or to murder them in any other form," said anti-abortion activists, Cal Zastrow.

When asked what he would like to say to the pro-abortion activists Stuckey said "We love them we're praying for them."

The pro-abortion group headed to protest outside of the Governor's Mansion after leaving the clinic. They'll be vocal and visible in town through next week.

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