Mississippi lawmakers propose bills and constitutional amendments designed to limit abortion

Mississippi’s Republican governor and House speaker told abortion opponents Thursday that they’ll support several proposals this year to put new restrictions on the procedure.

“We want Mississippi to be abortion-free,” Gov. Phil Bryant said during a Capitol news conference hosted by the Pro Life America Network.

One of the proposals, House Bill 1107, would require a physician to do a sonogram before performing an abortion. The pregnant woman wouldn’t be required to view the sonogram, but the bill says she’d have the option. It also says she’d have the option of hearing a fetal heartbeat.

“We want to protect all the babies, all the time,” said Terri Herring of Madison, national director of PLAN.