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Mississippi Prepares To Lose All Abortion Access In July

Mississippi Prepares To Lose All Abortion Access In July

Mississippi legislators are practically chomping at the bit to shut down the state’s only clinic and they plan to move ahead the first chance they get.

HB 1390 creates a new set of onerous restrictions on any clinic who performs abortions and is set to take effect July 1st. The bill’s sponsor, Rep. Sam Mims has already contacted the board of health to demand that the Jackson Women’s Health Organization be checked for compliance including verification that all physicians who provide abortions at the clinic be both board certified OB-GYNs and have admitting privileges at the local hospitals.

I am certainly aware that the Health Facilities Licensure Division is responsible for regulatory and enforcement duties on many types of facilities and does so with a limited number of employees, Mims wrote in the letter [to the health department] which he also sent to The Associated Press. However, as the author of HB1390, this legislation was one of my priorities as chairman of the Public Health and Human Services Committee, and I consider it an important accomplishment.

The clinic is still seeking privileges for their doctors but have so far not had any success. Should they fail the initial inspection they have 10 days to come into compliance or face closure.

Of course closing the only clinic was exactly the goal of the law so it’s no wonder Mims is so eager to move on enforcement. It’s just a tragedy that it’s the women of Mississippi who may pay with their lives as a result.

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6:31PM PDT on Jul 5, 2012

Nice to see the South continue their trend of going backwards instead of going forward.

8:02AM PDT on Jun 30, 2012

Pat says: "Robert P. I find your comments offensive. Perhaps you and your wife were childless and had trouble adopting babies but that's not a good enough reason to force women to become incubators against their will."

Well, I find murder offensive myself. Sorry. You guys act like every pregnancy is due to rape or incest and I don't believe that to be the case at all. Where are YOUR statistics since you're always asking me for mine? Of course, rape or incest would be an exception, but even then, I know that if it were me, I would go straight to the hospital and have a DNC. Then I would go to the police.

Let's be honest here; most abortions are simply due to carelessness and selfishness; YES, ON THE PART OF THE MAN, but also on the part of the woman who allowed it just to please HIM. It takes two to tango.

I have 3 adult nephews aged 30-45, all with live-in girlfriends (which I do not approve of, but what can I do?). The point is that none of them have ever had an unwanted child nor an abortion. My GOD, how do they do it? Are they super-human???? Are they celibate??? It's called BIRTH CONTROL and if they can do it, so can others. When I was young and foolish, I bought my own condoms out of pocket. I did not expect the State or my school to provide them for me. Don't give me this silliness: "Oh but some can't afford it." If they can spend $20 per day on cigarettes and $250.00 for sneakers, then they can afford birth control. And now that I am old, I do not expect e

7:19AM PDT on Jun 30, 2012

Robert P. I find your comments offensive. Perhaps you and your wife were childless and had trouble adopting babies but that's not a good enough reason to force women to become incubators against their will. You will never stop abortions but you can force women into back-alley abortions that were the SOP before Roe V Wade. I lived in the time of back alley abortions, when many women died at the hands of someone who may have been a butcher or baker or candlestick-maker. Most of those women were married and already had more children than they could afford or care for, and they left orphans who were most often then left in the care of state or religious orphanages and then often led troubled lives.
If that's what you want to force women back to, you are a very cruel and selfish person.

7:07AM PDT on Jun 30, 2012

Glenna says:"What about the children ALREADY born who are in orphanages or foster care who need families? Given that most want a baby, what happens to those kids now languishing & wishing to be adopted? What chance do they have? "

Well then Glenna, I guess by your reckoning perhaps ALL new fetuses should be aborted until we have placed all of the children who are up for adoption or foster homes. That's sort of what they do in Communist China and our government is such good allies with them anyway.

10:18PM PDT on Jun 29, 2012

So, Robert P (thought it used to be K) - women who become pregnant should magnanimously continue to carry that child to term so all the women out there who can't have children can have them? Matters not if they were raped? Matters not if it was incest? Matters not if they can't afford the doctor's visits & all the good care to produce a healthy baby? They should put their lives on hold for 9 months - perhaps loose their job, their home & inconvenience their other children - just so some woman who can't have (& perhaps chooses NOT to use IVF or fertility drugs to conceive) can adopt that baby? What planet are you on? What about the children ALREADY born who are in orphanages or foster care who need families? Given that most want a baby, what happens to those kids now languishing & wishing to be adopted? What chance do they have? Women are not brood mares. Women aren't alive just to breed & have babies. Government doesn't PAY for abortions NOW. It ALSO DOESN'T PAY for birth control. All the Government IS saying is that birth control should be offered on insurance prescription drug plans - just like YOUR ED drugs are. Abortion should be covered just like pregnancy. Neither one is cheap & if you are paying for insurance, services that may be needed should be covered. PERIOD.

9:30PM PDT on Jun 29, 2012

Good Lord, another step back in time for the South. Barefoot and pregnant in the kitchen with ten kids hanging onto our apron strings.....

6:40PM PDT on Jun 29, 2012

Here are two petitions to sign:

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/324/844/768/dont-shut-down-mississippis-only-abortion-clinic/

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/588/647/147/mississippi-to-shut-down-only-abortion-clinic-in-state-on-july-1/

6:32PM PDT on Jun 29, 2012

OMG, I just heard about this on Rachel Maddow. A travesty.

3:50PM PDT on Jun 29, 2012

so who is going to pay for the special needs kids & the rest of the children. The Taxpayers will

10:57AM PDT on Jun 29, 2012

Heather asks: "And if single parents are as horrible as you insist they really are, why are you against abortion????"

Because there ARE good potential parents out there who cannot have children and who do not see a child as a wad of plasma or an inconvenience and would make great parents. Why snuff a child who would be loved and cared for by these unfortunate people who cannot have children of their own and are loving enough to reach out to someone else?

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