Mississippi House Passes Heartbeat Ban

An Ohio law that would ban abortion as soon as an embryonic heartbeat is detected, as early as six weeks in some cases, has been on hold for months while the senate decides whether or not to vote.  In the meantime, the state of Mississippi has put together a heartbeat ban of its own.  And it has already passed the House.

Via the Sun Herald:

Diane Derzis, president of the state’s sole abortion clinic, the Jackson Women’s Health Organization, said the bill was an attempt to erode the nationwide right to abortion established by the Supreme Court’s 1973 Roe v. Wade decision.

“This is clearly a direct challenge to Roe,” Derzis said. “The amazing thing to me is we don’t have people marching on the capitol.”

Derzis said that her clinic does not perform abortion procedures before the pregnancy can be visually detected, which she said occurs at three to four weeks. Therefore a woman would have only a one- to three-week window to elect the procedure under the bill.

Read more here: http://www.sunherald.com/2012/03/15/3820258/ban-of-abortion-after-6-weeks.html#storylink=cpy

The bill as written is kind enough to allow an exception in the case of rape or incest.  But, bill supporters say, the woman or girl must first prove she was a victim of sexual assault or she can’t have the procedure done.

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  • divine-oubliette

    How would one prove rape or incest? Would going to the police and filing a report be enough? And what about the incest victim, would a police report wind getting her killed if they CPS didn’t remove her from the home immediately? Proof of incest can only be had by genetically tested the products of conception either a  baby or the aborted tissue. Would proof of rape be a rape kit being preformed? How many women would claim rape (artificially inflate the statistics) just to be allowed an abortion. I know if that’s the only way I could get an abortion I would cry rape loudly and repeatedly until someone took me to a clinic. It shouldn’t be that way but if it was only legal avenue to get an abortion, expect the rape statistics to rise dramatically.