If House Bill 1510 reaches Governor Phil Bryant’s desk this week, Mississippi will have the strictest abortion law in the US.
This week, the Mississippi state Senate passed The Gestational Age Act, which would ban abortion after 15 weeks of pregnancy.
Bryant, a supporter of President Donald Trump and an anti-abortion zealot, praised the bill on Twitter and suggested he will sign it.
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
The Mississippi bill will undoubtedly face legal challenges because it contradicts the Supreme Court’s ruling in Roe v. Wade that provided the framework for state’s laws. A woman’s right to choose is protected by the Constitution, but states can ban abortion beginning in the third trimester when a fetus becomes viable outside the womb.
Other states have tried to pass abortion bans similar to Mississippi’s that have been blocked from taking effect by the courts.
Earlier this year, Trump addressed protesters at the March for Life in Washington DC, assuring them that “we are with you all the way.”
“Under my administration, we will always defend the very first right in the Declaration of Independence and that is the right to life,” Trump said. “That is why we march, that is why we pray, that is why we declare that America’s future will be filled with goodness, peace, joy, dignity and life for every child of God.”
Under Trump’s watch, the Republican-controlled House passed the most restrictive federal abortion law in the country since 1973.
Clearly, Mississippi Republicans are emboldened by the fact that Trump supports banning abortion and that he could appoint more judges to the Supreme Court, which would tip the balance overwhelmingly in conservatives’ favor and give them ammunition to strike down Roe.
Diane Derzis, who currently operates the only abortion clinic in Mississippi, agrees that Republicans are aiming to get to the high court.
“These groups are tossing anything and everything out there, anything that could start winding its way through the legal system because we’re in a very fragile place right now,” Derzis said. “Roe is clearly in danger and that’s what they’re preparing for. They hope by the time they get to the Supreme Court they will have changed the Supreme Court.”
While Bryant and Republicans are obsessed with banning abortion, Twitter users blasted them for being hypocrites.
If only you wanted us to be the safest place for born children and their families.
— DeeDee Baldwin (@edeainfj) March 6, 2018
So sick of these republican men telling women what to do with their bodies they believe in less government in our lives but more government in our uterus
— rethe craig (@rethe125) March 6, 2018
Its hypocritical, sexist & misogynistic. These Trump Rs seem to carefully pick their battles. Toddlers, & preschoolers, & kids of elementary school-age can’t fight back. pic.twitter.com/YEbaHTpQ7y
— kim schultz (@klucygoosey) March 7, 2018
How about for living children? Children who rely on Medicaid, SNAP benefits, welfare benefits, public education, and who want to live in a world where assault rifles are not easier to get than a driver’s license? What about them? #hypocrite
— Jenn Baumgartner (@jennbaum724) March 6, 2018
You ranks 50th in healthcare. 46 in education. 48 in economics. 49 in infrastructure. 50 in infant mortality. 50 in overall mortality. 49 in obesity. 44 in mental health. 50 in household income. To claim you are for quality of life at ANY stage is laughable #whoisachristian
— matt moyer (@matthewlmoyer) March 7, 2018
Are you also going to legislate against masturbation? Cause that’s killing humans too, right? They’re unborn as well?
— ((RabbiMattDreffin)) (@frisbeerab) March 6, 2018
Mississippi Republicans apparently value zygotes more than they do children who are already born. The state has the nation’s highest infant mortality rate and the nation’s highest overall mortality rate. In that vein, Bryant and his fellow Republicans don’t care about preventing the deaths of their own viable citizens. Citizens who are truly entitled to life under the Constitution.
If Republicans really cared about reducing the abortion rate in this country, they would fully support comprehensive sex education and easy access to contraceptives.
A 2012 study conducted by Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis found that free birth control dramatically reduced the abortion rate between 62 and 78 percent.
These anti-abortion bills aren’t about banning abortion as much as they are about oppressing women. It’s about telling women what they can and can’t do with their own bodies.
Republicans should learn not to piss women off, especially since the 2018 midterm election is only a few months away in November. That’s the month when women will remember every Republican who voted to take away their right to choose, and will subsequently choose new lawmakers to represent them.
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