Mississippi Fails Yet Again on Women’s Rights


Mississippi continues to disappoint me time and time again. Women’s rights and reproductive justice have been thrown under the bus for the selfish reasons of a Governor who believes it’s his right to decide what to do with women’s bodies.

According to Hattiesburg American, “[On Monday, May 24th] Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour…signed a new state law that bans public funding for most abortions under health exchanges that will be created under a federal health care overhaul.”

“Mississippi continues to be the safest place to be an unborn child in America today,” Barbour said in a news release, citing language used by abortion opponents.

Since 2002, Mississippi has had a law banning any federal, state, or local tax dollars to be used on abortion.

According to the Hattiesburg American, “The bill’s supporters said they want Mississippi to specify that no public money could pay for abortions once all provisions of a federal health overhaul are set to become law by 2014.”

Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour also plans to sue to block the Federal Health overhaul.

Barbour has said it’s unconstitutional for the federal government to require people to buy health insurance

MS has one abortion clinic in operation and it is in Jackson, MS. According to Hattiesburg American, “The 2002 Mississippi law allows public funding for abortion only if the procedure is medically necessary to save the pregnant woman’s life, if the pregnancy was caused by rape or incest or if a fetal malformation would clearly cause a miscarriage or stillbirth.”

The state requires a 24-hour waiting period between the time a woman consults a health care provider about abortion and when the procedure is performed. It also requires any unemancipated minor to get parental consent or a judge’s permission before having an abortion

The bill that Barbour signed into law has exceptions for danger to the pregnant woman’s life and for rape or incest, but not for severe fetal malformation.

MS has endured an eventful couple of months. First, they deny Constance McMillen, entry into her school prom because she wanted to bring her lesbian girlfriend, now Gov. Haley Barbour is blocking health care for many Mississippians and throwing women under the bus due to his religious beliefs.  I think he has proven where is loyalty lies and it isn’t with women.

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  • saltyc

    MS has the highest infant mortality rate in the US, but I guess once you’re born you’re not of any concern to a “pro-lifer.”

     

    http://www.census.gov/statab/ranks/rank17.html

  • bei1052

    Mississippi continues to disappoint me time and time again. Women’s rights and reproductive justice have been thrown under the bus for the selfish reasons of a Governor who believes it’s his right to decide what to do with women’s bodies.

     

    Then vote him out of office? The simple fact that he was re-elected with everyone fully knowing his stance on abortion– with the help of those women he’s supposedly doesn’t care about, no less– kind of makes your assertion just a wee bit laughable. Honestly, now. At some point in time, pro-choicers have to realize that not every women views abortion as a matter of “women’s rights”, and that not every women views anyone who strengthens abortion restrictions to be “throwing women under the proverbial bus”.

     

    MS has the highest infant mortality rate in the US, but I guess once you’re born you’re not of any concern to a “pro-lifer.”

     

    http://www.census.gov/statab/ranks/rank17.html

     

    Mississippi has the largest percentage of Blacks as a total of its state population when compared to any other state in the country, and Blacks have the highest infant morality rates of any ethnic group in the United States (approximately twice the national average). That has nothing to do with being pro-life versus pro-choice; that has to do with a broader issue totally unrelated to abortion, which would make the above quoted a total, and I mean complete, red herring.

     

    http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/nvsr/nvsr55/nvsr55_14.pdf (Page 14 is what you want)

     

    And, for future reference, you’re better off using data from the CDC.

  • catseye71352

    Trying to distract us from the fact that “pro-lifers” don’t give a rat’s @$$ about living, breathing, BORN babies.

  • faultroy

    Nice Job… and I’m indebted to you for bringing out the truth.  Too often adovcates of opposing viewpoints only want to present one side of the argument. Your comment about women voting for Barbour is an excellent one. Because Feminists want to present themselves as one united front, they mislead and misinform implying that women are in agreement on a whole host of issues.  We all know this is not true since there are 5.2 million more women in the United States and 5 million more women voters in the USA. When people get distorted and biased information, regardless on what the issue is, this takes away their fundamental right to make choices.  This takes away their fundamental right of American Citizenship.  And, this should be considered the most egregious harmful act.  I personally have no problems with anyone’s position as long as it is both honest and accurate.  Thanks again for your excellent comment.

  • saltyc

    OK, I’ll use your own CDC link instead, page 20, which shows that the infant mortality for both whites and blacks are a full percentage point higher in Mississippi than the national average for each race. That is not an artifact of there being more blacks, but shows that both black and white babies are in more danger in Mississippi than the average for the US. True it can be an effect of poverty, but one that can be ameliorated by social policy. Government policies and programs can have an effect on infant mortality, and looking at all the states’ stats there seems to be a correlation between states with anti-choice policies and increased infant mortality. Which, given the anti-choicers rhetoric about caring so much for babies, should be the opposite correlation. Again, given the anti-choicers rhetoric about caring so much for babies, we should see the opposite correlation.

    And when a Governer is bragging with this slogan that his state is so safe for the unborn, he opens the door to criticism that it is in fact the most dangerous state in America to be born in, for whatever reason.

    Also, I should remind you that bringing up the fact that an official was elected does not mean that said official will necessarily act in favor of their constituents, or that every policy of said official was endorsed by the electorate or that people are always good at predicting which policies will in fact benefit them. I am not criticizing the electoral systems, but I am saying that countering every criticism of an offical’s harmful policies with “but the people voted for him” is an obfuscating tactic that sheds no light into whether or not they are actuall harmful.

  • dogsmycopilot

    No, it’s not laughable at all. Anyone with any knowledge of the formation of this country knows that tyranny of the majority is a concept the founders were well aware of and wanted to protect all of us from. It should not take voting anyone out of office, it’s simply not a man’s right to tell me what to do with my body. I’m sorry , I know that’s not fair- but you know life isn’t fair. If it was men would have to have at least half the babies. But since they don’t it’s not their call, it’s mine- and hers- and every other woman’s. And where does it stop? Now, they want control of my uterus, what happens when they want to control my stomach, or my eyes? Are we going to mandate sunglasses and crunches? Well, if that’s the case why not just set me out in the field like a cow and let nature take it’s course? No, the only thing laughable here is that some people think they have a right to tell others what to do with their own bodies- that is truly hilarious.