|(JACKSON) – The Mississippi Center for Public Policy (MCPP) applauds Governor Phil Bryant for signing the Gestational Age Act (HB 1510), which will make abortion safer and rarer in Mississippi while preserving abortion access. MCPP played a key role in drafting the law and educating lawmakers about why women in Mississippi will benefit from this legislation. MCPP acting president Dr. Jameson Taylor comments on the bill becoming law:
“Right now, we are seeing a dialogue among the states on abortion policy. States, along with the Supreme Court, have rejected the rigid framework of Roe v. Wade and are acknowledging the sensibility of reasonable restrictions on abortion aimed at protecting maternal health and the life of the unborn. Public opinion agrees, and a majority of voters support commonsense laws that would make abortion safer and rarer.
“The state of Mississippi has an obligation to make abortion as safe as possible. Thanks to the leadership of Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves and Speaker Philip Gunn, this legislation accomplishes that goal. Late-term abortions that occur after the first trimester are very dangerous to the mother’s health. Many doctors, also, don’t want to perform them. This regulation strikes a reasonable balance in favor of protecting maternal health.”
Continues Dr. Taylor:
“U.S. abortion policy is very radical. Most of the world, more than 90 percent of countries, limits abortion after the first trimester. Mississippi is recognizing the international medical and scientific consensus on this issue. We believe this law should be a model for the rest of the country because it’s the same standard used by the rest of the world.
“3-D and 4-D ultrasounds are showing mothers all over the world that their unborn child has a beating heart and can move, hear, taste, see, and feel pain. Even pro-abortion apologists acknowledge that every abortion is a tragedy and that the unborn child has a human form. This law is aimed at making abortion safer and rarer.”
Sixteen states have enforceable limits on abortion at 20-weeks. Mississippi’s own 20-week law has not been challenged in court. To learn more, read our recent brief, “Pro-Life Bill Strikes the Right Balance.”
Dr. Taylor may be contacted for media interviews at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 601-969-1300.