Mississippi’s governor, Phil Bryant, signed an anti-abortion law on Monday that could effectively shut down the state’s only abortion clinic. The law, House Bill 1390, puts new restrictions on doctors who provide abortions and the facilities in which abortions are performed. The law requires doctors to have admitting privileges at a local hospital and they must be board certified OB-GYNs.
Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards condemned the law as an attempt to overturn Roe, saying, “Make no mistake, this law is based on a political agenda, not medical necessity. In yet another shortsighted attempt to ban abortion in Mississippi, Governor Bryant and lawmakers are putting their ideology above the health and safety of Mississippi women. This law is bad policy and endangers women’s health.”
CNN 4/17/12; Politico 4/16/12; Reuters 4/17/12
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