Thursday, March 22, 2007

Mississippi passes "non-binding" legislation

Okay, so it's kind of binding. But only if the Supreme Court reverses Roe vs. Wade. But beware, if SCOTUS reverses the landmark case, Mississippi will criminalize abortion, force minors to have parental consent even if the minor has been threatened with abuse, AND forces abortion providers to show the pregnant female a sonogram and listen to a fetal heartbeat. The governor did allow exceptions to save the life of the mother and also for rape but not for incest. And according to the article, South Carolina isn't far behind.

Mississippi Passes What-If Abortion Bill

Associated Press - Thu Mar 22, 2007 9:40 PM CDT

JACKSON, MISS. — The governor signed a bill Thursday that would criminalize abortion in the event that the U.S. Supreme Court overturns the 1973 decision that legalized the procedure.

The measure, signed by Gov. Haley Barbour, would ban nearly all abortions in the state if the court were to overturn Roe v. Wade. In that event, anyone performing an illegal abortion in Mississippi would face one to 10 years in prison.

The bill also tightens consent laws for minors and requires abortion providers to perform a sonogram and give the pregnant woman an opportunity to listen to a fetal heartbeat.

The only exceptions to the state ban would be in cases of rape or if the pregnancy threatened the woman's life. The bill has no exception for pregnancies caused by incest.

Proponents of the bill say the ultimate goal is to one day challenge Roe v. Wade. Anti-abortion activists and some lawmakers believe that with the recent appointments of new, conservative justices on the U.S. Supreme Court, Roe v. Wade could be overturned.

Mississippi is one of many states revisiting the abortion debate. South Carolina lawmakers are considering a bill that would require women to view ultrasound images of their fetuses.

© 2007 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

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