LifeNews 1 April 2014
The Mississippi legislature has approved a bill that would ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy and now the bill heads to the governor for his signature. The measure is similar to legislation pending in Congress and in other states that points to the pain babies feel in abortions as a reason to ban them.
The bill, which bans abortions after five months of pregnancy passed in both the state House and Senate, by a 41-10 margin, today and now goes to pro-life Governor Phil Bryant.
“Late term abortions are deadly for both mother and child,” noted Dr. Yoest. “A woman seeking an abortion at 20 weeks (five months) is 35 times more likely to die from abortion than she was in the first trimester. At 21 weeks or more, she is 91 times more likely to die from abortion than she was in the first trimester. Such horrendous statistics show the wisdom of the Mississippi legislators who moved today to enact common-sense limits on a dangerous procedure,” said Americans United for Life president Charmaine Yoest.
“I want to commend State House Representative Andy Gipson and State Senator Joey Fillingane, who led the way in pulling together pro-life majorities in support of a measure that will protect women from such horrific deaths witnessed in clinics across the country,” said Dr. Yoest.
Diane Derzis, who owns Mississippi’s only abortion clinic, promised someone would file a legal challenge to the bill if it becomes law.