The Senate Public Health Committee passed House Bill 1390, which would require any doctor performing abortions to be a board-certified OB-GYN with admitting privileges at a local hospital. Mississippi has three doctors in the state who can perform abortions, but only one has admitting privileges. The other two have been unable to get privileges and are repeatedly turned down for such privileges by local hospitals.
Two other abortion-related bills failed to make it out of Committee, thanks in part to the pledge of the Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee who said he would not allow any abortion bills he believed to be unconstitutional to pass through committee.
That restraint prevented a ban on all abortions once a heat beat is detected and a ban on the use of RU-486 if a doctor is not present to administer it.
It’s hard to qualify this as a win for Mississippi women. Sure, two unconstitutional attacks on their rights failed to come up for a vote. But the bill that did pass may effectively eliminate access abortions in the state. And like always, supporters of the two measures that did not make it to a vote have vowed to fight on and may attempt to attack them to other bills in order to get them a vote.
That means, the battle for women’s rights wages on in Mississippi.
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