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Miss. House committee votes to ban most abortions

Via Sun Herald

JACKSON, Miss. – A Mississippi House committee voted Tuesday to ban most abortions in the state – an unexpected move that left abortion opponents grappling to stake out a position on a proposal that could prompt a lengthy court battle.
The only abortions allowed under the bill would be if the life of the pregnant woman were in danger. There would be no abortions allowed in cases of pregnancy caused by rape or incest.
It’s similar to a bill that South Dakota lawmakers passed last week.
House Public Health Chairman Steve Holland, D-Plantersville, persuaded his committee to put the abortion restrictions into a Senate bill that was originally written to require that sonograms be performed early in pregnancy so the woman could hear a fetal heartbeat.
Holland said he brought up the near ban on abortion because he’s tired of piecemeal attempts to add new restrictions year after year. He said he woke up about 3 a.m. Tuesday and decided to introduce his proposal, and he only told two House staff members about his plans before he made the move.
“I have a strong dilemma within myself on this,” Holland said. “I can only impregnate. I can’t get pregnant myself.”
Holland says he has voted for some abortion restrictions and against others in the past.
Mississippi already has some of the strictest abortion laws in the nation, requiring a 24-hour waiting period in all cases and parental consent before a minor can have a pregnancy terminated.
The state has only one operating abortion clinic, in Jackson.
Terri Herring, president of Pro-Life Mississippi, said the Senate’s sonogram proposal could have an immediate effect of persuading some women to avoid abortion. She said the new House proposal likely would prompt a court challenge if it were to become law.
“To have a law in the courts would, in effect, not make any substantive change in Mississippi’s abortion practices,” Herring said.
She also said: “Whether it’s South Dakota or Mississippi, our goals are the same. We want to end abortion in our lifetime, and we want to see Mississippi be the first state to end abortion.”
Susan Hill is president of the National Women’s Health Organization, which runs the only abortion clinic still operating in Mississippi. She said she wasn’t surprised by lawmakers’ move.
“What took them so long? I thought they’d be ahead of South Dakota,” Hill said.

It looks like a positive trend that may just sweep a large portion of the Nation. It is a direct legislative move, challenging the word of the Courts. It is the system of checks and balances at work, and hopefully it will become a leading trend to put this issue back in the hands of individual states where it belongs. These legislative moves are sure to be challenged by groups like NOW, and the ACLU, and could very possibly lead to the Supreme Court. They are a definite push to reevaluate Roe Vs. Wade, a decision many Americans see as a flawed ruling.

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Posted by Jay on March 1, 2006 9:33 am

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13 Responses to “Miss. House committee votes to ban most abortions”

  1. John on March 1st, 2006 12:27 pm

    All we need to do to get NOW to be pro-life is find this mystical gene that causes some one to be gay.

  2. actus on March 1st, 2006 1:08 pm

    “There would be no abortions allowed in cases of pregnancy caused by rape or incest.”

    This is what prolifers stand for. Sending to jail doctors that give rape and incest victims abortion. Great work people!

  3. LomaAlta on March 1st, 2006 1:55 pm

    Yippie! Thats 2 of 50 states. Come on justice!

  4. loboinok on March 1st, 2006 5:43 pm

    “Sending to jail doctors that give rape and incest victims abortion. Great work people!”

    And you would prefer to further “victimize” them?

    Maybe we can convince the President to issue a ‘blanket pardon’ for all babies conceived while the President is in office.

  5. Jay on March 1st, 2006 7:52 pm

    Once again you are missing the point entirely. The reason that many people, including many liberals, think that Roe vs. Wade should be revisited is because it is flawed judicial activism.

    The point is that abortion should be decided by each State, not by the Feds. If the majority of the people in this State disagree with what their representatives have written, then they can express that at the voting booth, lobby and petition. If the representatives of that State think they are outside of the majority, they will compromise to what that majority wants.

    The simple truth is that the majority of people in every state wants “killing innocent and defenseless babies” to be done away with. We could debate issues of the mother’s health and life, or rape and incest…but that isn’t the point. The majority of Americans want abortion to be rare. The majority of liberals want it to be birth control. Each State should be able to make its own decision without the Feds being involved.

    When we talk about something like partial birth abortion, then I wouldn’t have a problem with the Feds intervening. I think enough folks across America can see that for what it is.

  6. actus on March 1st, 2006 8:57 pm

    “And you would prefer to further “victimize” them?”

    No. That’s why I’m against this sort of backwardness

  7. loboinok on March 1st, 2006 9:30 pm

    “No. That’s why I’m against this sort of backwardness”

    Backward is right… There is a perp and a victum and your solution is to make another victim of the most innocent of all.

    And Jay is right, it is a “states right” issue.

  8. loboinok on March 2nd, 2006 5:26 am

    SoA,

    We are not going to agree on this any way you cut it.

    I believe that murdering a child for his father’s crime is downright barbaric.

    You believe that after a woman’s body has been violated once, we can fix it by violating it again. (and you think I’m sick)

    You think “feelings” trump life… I don’t.

    “FETUSES ARE NOT BABIES OR CHILDREN.”

    You can say it over and over and holler all you want but that will not change the fact that they are babies.

    Whether you agree or not and like it or not, abortion is going down.

    If you want to debate, you’ll do it without the profanity, crudeness and personal attacks. Otherwise, take it somewhere else.

  9. actus on March 2nd, 2006 6:48 pm

    “Backward is right… There is a perp and a victum and your solution is to make another victim of the most innocent of all.”

    Right. Make it legal and rape victims don’t have to bear their attackers children.

    “And Jay is right, it is a “states right” issue.”

    If congress can ban weed, it can ban abortion.

  10. loboinok on March 2nd, 2006 11:18 pm

    “If congress can ban weed, it can ban abortion.”

    What does “weed” have to do with abortion?

    That is a ’states rights’ issue as well.

    “Right. Make it legal and rape victims don’t have to bear their attackers children.”

    Rape victims will eventually recover from a rape… no child recovers from abortion.

  11. actus on March 3rd, 2006 9:14 am

    “What does “weed” have to do with abortion?”

    Teh power of congress reaches abortion, just like it does weed.

    “Rape victims will eventually recover from a rape… no child recovers from abortion.”

    Sounds like just the sort of person to be telling rape victims what to do with their bodies. You people are too much.

  12. loboinok on March 3rd, 2006 3:46 pm

    “Sounds like just the sort of person to be telling rape victims what to do with their bodies.”

    Save it actus, that argument is just too juvenile to address.

    Our laws tell us all what to do with our bodies everyday.

  13. actus on March 6th, 2006 12:44 am

    “Save it actus, that argument is just too juvenile to address.”

    I know. We let these juvelines rule our women and decide when they’ve suffered enough to be able to control their bodies.

    “Our laws tell us all what to do with our bodies everyday”

    And on the day you’re raped? they say: get over it.

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