Operation Save America protesters gathered outside the headquarters of the Jackson, Mississippi, police department Monday. Inside, fellow anti-choice activists were facing criminal charges associated with protest activities.
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The complaint cites incidents dating back to 1996 in which the Jackson police detained, threatened arrest, and arrested Pro-Life Mississippi members while protesting what is today the state’s only remaining abortion clinic, the Jackson Women’s Health Organization.
While witnesses on both sides of the issue claimed to be in favor of protecting women’s health, anti-choice witnesses relied heavily on debunked science and distorted interpretations of the bill to make many of their claims.
Doctors were devastated to announce last week that their patient, an almost 4-year-old girl was once thought “cured” of HIV, was found to have detectable viral loads and lowered T-cell counts.
Mississippi’s new law is a 20-week ban, while Florida’s creates additional restrictions on abortions performed in the third trimester, and bans abortion at any point in a pregnancy if a doctor determines the fetus could survive outside the pregnant person’s body.
Modern Mississippi freedom fighters must remain committed to Hamer’s legacy of bridging voting and reproductive rights into a comprehensive reproductive justice effort to protect Black women and other populations that are vulnerable to violations of both.
Melissa Harris-Perry explains recent attempts to restrict abortion access in Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas—which when taken together could leave a huge part of the United States without access to full reproductive health care. [via MSNBC]