Mississippi, wedged between Alabama, Louisiana, Arkansas, and Tennessee, is arguably known as the most conservative state across the United States of America. While the roughly 13 states making up the Southeastern United States are certainly the most conservative, Mississippi takes the conservative cake on a handful of issues, including being against abortion as pro-lifers.
In 2014, still-current Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant shared in his State of the State Address that one of his personal goals was “to end abortion in Mississippi.”
As of earlier today, Monday, March 19, 2018, Bryant effectively made Mississippi the most difficult state to legally get an abortion.
While pro-life policies are rooted in Christianity – a religion whose followers strive to follow God’s and Jesus’ collectively-sound morals – in the name of following God’s will, they don’t necessarily make sense.
Without arguing religion, legalized abortions are safer and result in fewer infections, injuries, and even deaths from poorly-executive self-abortions and those carried out by people other than medical professionals. There’s no argument that abortions shouldn’t be the first line of birth control. Further, it makes sense that fetuses feel more like humans when presented with stimuli later in pregnancy.
Why not make abortions legal for victims of rape, incest, and those seeking their first abortion ever, which must be in the first trimester? Don’t ask Phil Bryant. He’s not hearing it. Well, he might be open to the final part. Let’s dig into the specifics of the bill.
Named officially as the Gestational Age Act, the Governor-approved legislature makes abortions illegal after 15 weeks of gestation, barring the certification of “severe” fetal abnormalities, as well as medical emergencies. Provisions for rape and incest were not included in the Gestational Age Act.
Mississippi’s lone abortion clinic sued Mississippi today in direct response to the legislature enaction. Named The Jackson Women’s Health Organization, the group also opposed a state bill signed in 2012 the same governor signed into actuality, though it was thrown out by a federal district court the following year.