Earlier this week the House and Senate in Mississippi passed a measure, House Bill 1510, that would ban abortions after 15 weeks. This is such an awesome win for the pro-lifers of Mississippi. We are now waiting on Gov. Phil Bryant to sign it, which he already said he would. On his Twitter account, he said he wants Mississippi to be the safest place for an unborn baby.
As I have repeatedly said, I want Mississippi to be the safest place in America for an unborn child. House Bill 1510 will help us achieve that goal. https://t.co/ffqRfhwx51
— Phil Bryant (@PhilBryantMS) March 6, 2018
There are two exceptions to House Bill 1510: if the fetus has a health problem that would prevent it from surviving outside the womb at full term, or if the pregnant woman’s life or a “major bodily function” is threatened by the pregnancy. Pregnancies as a result of rape and incest are not exempt.
Mississippi has only one clinic that performs abortions, the Jackson Women’s Health Organization, The clinic owner, Diane Derzis said her clinic will be forced to turn away women who seek abortions after 15 weeks and refer them out of state. All that money she won’t receive, just might shut her clinic down. Oh darn! She plans to sue when the Governor signs the Bill and when it goes into effect. The Republican-controlled Legislature is expecting lawsuits, hoping these issues will make it to the U.S. Supreme Court.
The Senate also changed the Bill so it would not put felony charges on the physicians who perform after the 15 weeks, but will have their professional medical licenses suspended or revoked. Townhall states,
The bill also requires that physicians provide the Mississippi Department of Health with a record of the abortion, including the date and method of the procedure and estimated gestational age of the fetus, within 15 days of the procedure. Physicians who knowingly provide false reports would be subject to civil penalties or a fee up to $500.
Sen. Joey Fillingane (R), who presented the bill in the Mississippi Senate, cited these provisions of the bill on the Senate floor describing the humanity of the unborn:
- An unborn human being begins to move about in the womb at approximately eight (8) weeks’ gestation.
- At nine (9) weeks’ gestation, all basic physiological functions are present. Teeth and eyes are present, as well as external genitalia
- An unborn human being’s vital organs begin to function at ten (10) weeks’ gestation. Hair, fingernails, and toenails also begin to form
- At eleven (11) weeks’ gestation, an unborn human being’s diaphragm is developing, and he or she may even hiccup. He or she is beginning to move about freely in the womb
- At twelve (12) weeks’ gestation, an unborn human being can open and close his or her fingers, starts to make sucking motions, and senses stimulation from the world outside the womb
This Bill will save the lives of so many babies, and the mothers lives as well. Now if other States will follow along and pass similar legislation.