Published: Sat, March 10, 2018
Arts&Culture | By Kristi Paul

Abortion Bill Passes Through Mississippi's Legilature

Abortion Bill Passes Through Mississippi's Legilature

If the House agrees with changes made by the Senate, the bill would go to the Republican governor.

Republican Gov. Phil Bryant reiterated his intentions in a statement Thursday, saying he wants "Mississippi to be the safest place in America for an unborn child". "House Bill 1510 will help us do that", the governor tweeted. "This bill will do nothing to make abortion safer or support a woman's decision-making", Collins said.

Mississippi's bill would prohibit abortions 15 weeks after the pregnant woman's last menstrual period.

Mayfield added, "the state is the only oversight body for the abortion procedure; but just like hospitals, women assume that abortion clinics are meeting established health standards".

Sen. Angela Turner-Ford, a Democrat from West Point, told The Associated Press after the vote that she questions how the bill could be enforced.

This has partly come in response to the Pennsylvania abortion provider Kermit Gosnell, who was convicted in 2013 of several counts including first degree murder in the deaths of three babies, involuntary manslaughter in the death of a woman, and 21 felony counts of illegal late-term abortion.

"The decision to terminate a pregnancy should be made exclusively by each individual woman in consultation with those she trusts the most, including people like me, an obstetrician-gynecologist, and not politicians", said Hoffman. At 10 week of pregnancy, an ultrasound can show the hands, arms, legs, fingers, toes, ears and feet of an unborn baby, she said. Lehman said it seems "We don't want to lift the veil on this issue". And Senator Chris McDaniel (Ellisville) said the intention of the bill is to protect the lives of 15-week-old children. Senator Angela Burks Hill (Picayune) called abortions after 15 weeks "barbaric" and "inhumane". "Another is protecting the potentiality of human life", said Republican Sen.

There are two exceptions: if a fetus has health problems preventing life outside the womb, or if a woman's life or major bodily function is threatened. Pregnancies as a result of rape and incest would not be exempt. Those who do abortions after that limit would have their professional medical licenses suspended or revoked. He also said that physicians groups opposed criminal penalties.

The Mississippi measure "seems like a pretty simple bill created to test the viability line that the Supreme Court has drawn", said David Forte, a law professor at Ohio's Cleveland State University. The new categories to be reported include: 1) parental consent verification for a minor who sought an abortion; 2) patients-reported abuse, coercion, harassment or trafficking; 3) the name of the second doctor present for abortions performed past 20-weeks of gestation; 4) that FDA labeling information and warnings were given to a patient; and 5) requires the patient disclose any preexisting conditions that may lead to complications from the abortion.

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