Skip to comments.Mississippi legislature tightens restrictions on abortion providers
Posted on 04/05/2012 1:18:47 AM PDT by Pinkbell
Mississippi lawmakers passed a bill Wednesday that would require any physician performing abortions in the state to be a board-certified obstetrician-gynecologist and to have admitting privileges at an area hospital.
The bill "should effectively close the only abortion clinic in Mississippi," said Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves in a statement. "This is a strong bill that will effectively end abortion in Mississippi." If the state's only abortion facility, Jackson Women's Health Organization, closes, Mississippi women seeking abortions would have to leave the state.
The clinic's owner, Diane Derzis, said in a telephone interview that all her doctors are obstetrician-gynecologists, but only one has admitting privileges at an area hospital. She vowed to fight to remain open.
"We are going to do everything we can to remain there ... we are not going to let the women of Mississippi down," said Derzis.
Wednesday's vote by the state Senate is the latest in a string of attempts by lawmakers to close her facility, she said. Last year, the state introduced a bill known as the Personhood Amendment, which would have defined life as beginning at the moment of conception. The bill was defeated by voters in November.
The bill is in a period for comment before it will be sent to Republican Gov. Phil Bryant, who has said he wants Mississippi to become "abortion-free."
"This legislation is an important step in strengthening abortion regulations and protecting the health and safety of women," he said after Wednesday's vote, in a statement.
"I am sick about this," said Felicia Brown-Williams, regional director of public policy for Planned Parenthood in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. The bill "puts in place requirements that intentionally try to make it impossible for physicians to provide abortion services. ...
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Thanks for posting this. I think this is an excellent piece of legislation
“The South will rise again!”
The filthy fact is, your average beauty parlor has more regulation than any abortion 'clinic'. More than keeping it legal, it is about the 'benjamins'...
TX and MS are doing a great thing, in spite of Obama, in regulating the abortion industry and limiting its access and power. Good for them. In the long run, they are doing women a huge favor. Women who carry their pregnancies to term will have healthier lives, not to mention the mental (psychological) aspect of abortion on a person later on. Feminists refuse to listen to scientific data on abortion and its after-effects, and they say that Christians are the anti-science ones!
How hard is it for a doctor to get admitting privileges to a local hospital anyway?
I actually wondered that as well. I’m not sure.
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Very good. Under the Roe v. Wade regime tactics like this are probably the only avenue of struggle that was left available.
However, American people should take note: a duly elected state legislature cannot simply ban abortion in the state that elected it. It has to regulate the hell out of it, or go over a near impossible hurdle of passing constitutional amendment.
Freedom and democracy, anyone?