Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant has nominated anti-abortion activist Terri Herring for a six-year term on the state Board of Health, a position that could give Herring influence over Health Department policies that affect the state’s only abortion clinic.
Hers is one of several nominations awaiting consideration in the Senate Public Health and Welfare Committee in the next 10 days. If confirmed by a majority of the Senate, Herring would serve July 1 to June 30, 2019.
Republican Bryant nominated Herring, of Ridgeland, to succeed Ellen Williams, of Senatobia, who is a registered nurse and has a doctorate degree. Williams has served on the board since 2004.