Mississippi Heartbeat Ban Doomed Again this Year, By Its Own Sponsor


Good news comes out of Mississippi, where this year’s ban on abortions after a heartbeat can be detected is already doomed.

But in a strange twist, it’s the sponsor himself who is killing the bill.

Via the Associated Press:

At least two bills affecting reproductive health will die in the Mississippi House because a chairman says he won’t bring them up for debate before a Tuesday deadline.

House Judiciary B Committee Chairman Andy Gipson, R-Braxton, opposes abortion. But he told The Associated Press on Monday that he won’t seek a vote on his own bill that would ban the procedure once a fetal heartbeat is detected. Republican Gov. Phil Bryant had pledged to sign the measure, House Bill 6, if it hit his desk.

A similar heartbeat bill died in a Senate committee last year and Gipson said he anticipated that would happen again.

Gipson has also announced he will not bring up a bill that would give fertilized eggs legal rights, saying that “I don’t intend on bringing any personhood legislation up that doesn’t involve a vote of the people of Mississippi,” according to the article.

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