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Mississippi’s lone abortion clinic can stay open after the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit on Tuesday issued a ruling essentially dooming the state law that had threatened to close it.

The high court’s decision upholds a preliminary injunction against House Bill 1390, which requires all abortion providers to be certified OB-GYNs and have admitting privileges at a local hospital.

Jackson Women’s Health Organization has fought the bill since its April 12, 2012 passage, calling it an unconstitutional attempt to ban abortion in the state.

“I’m jubilant,” said clinic owner Diane Derzis shortly after the ruling. “The courts did the right thing.”

The decision didn’t overturn the state law, but it did agree it places an undue burden on women seeking abortion in Mississippi, which is unconstitutional.

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