Bill to Ban Dismemberment Abortions Approved by Mississippi State Senate

JACKSON, MISS. — A bill to ban dismemberment abortions has been approved by the Mississippi State Senate. This 40 to 6 vote comes after the Mississippi House of Representatives passed House Bill 519 on a vote of 83-33 back in February. The legislation is authored by Rep. Sam Mims, R-McComb and was handled in the Senate by Sen. Joey Fillingane, R-Sumrall.

Dismemberment abortion, performed on a fully-formed, living unborn baby, is a barbaric and dangerous procedure in which the unborn child is literally ripped apart in the womb and pulled out in pieces. As stated by U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy in Stenberg vs. Carhart, “The fetus, in many cases, dies just as a human adult or child would: It bleeds to death as it is torn limb from limb.”

The Mississippi Unborn Child Protection from Dismemberment Abortion Act would end such dangerous procedures in our state.

Mississippi Right to Life President Barbara Whitehead commended the Senate for passing this legislation to protect unborn children in our state, “dismemberment abortion is unimaginably cruel and has no place in Mississippi.” Whitehead concluded, “We look forward to joining the states of Kansas, Oklahoma and West Virginia in passing this strong pro-life legislation.”

The legislation was amended in the Senate and the differences will need to be conferenced with the House before the legislation can go onto the Governor.

3/29/16