Isabelle Taft, Mississippi Today

Isabelle Taft, Mississippi Today

Isabelle, an Atlanta native, covers health as part of Mississippi Today’s community health team. Prior to joining Mississippi Today, she was a reporter for the Biloxi Sun Herald and a Report for America corps member.

Protestors outside the U.S. Supreme Court

Mississippi doctors fear new abortion laws will tie their hands as patients suffer

By: - July 23, 2022

Dr. Nina Ragunanthan wonders exactly how long she’s supposed to watch a miscarrying woman bleed before Mississippi law permits her to perform an abortion. The OB/GYN in the Delta worries that the state’s new laws — banning abortion “except in the case where necessary for the preservation of the mother’s life or where the pregnancy […]

Juliet Thomas, community health worker for Plan A, left, and Antoinette Roby, driver and community health worker, prepare to setup Plan A's mobile clinic in Metcalfe, Mississippi.

Mississippi mobile clinic is on front lines of reproductive, maternal health

By: - July 21, 2022

METCALFE, Mississippi – The clinic – a box perched on wheels and painted with trees and people – sat in the gravel and grass parking lot of a burger and wings joint called VNV Sports Bar and Grill, the only restaurant in town. Choosing where to park it in this Delta town of about 1,000 […]

Protesters, supporters look to the future on last day of legal abortion in Mississippi

By: - July 6, 2022

JACKSON, Mississippi – When the last patient went inside Mississippi’s only abortion clinic on the final day of legal abortion in the state, escort Derenda Hancock packed up stray bottles of Coca-Cola and water next to the driveway she has guarded for nine years. Wearing aviator sunglasses that hid her eyes, she leaned silently against […]