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Mississippi Attack on Abortion Rights

Apr 16, 2012

The majority of the Mississippi state legislature is trying, yet again, to end a woman’s right to abortion in the state.

In 2011, the lawmakers sent a constitutional amendment to a referendum vote. The measure declared a fetus to be a “person,” meaning that abortion would become an act of murder. State voters defeated the referendum, 58% to 42% this past November.

So the lawmakers came back to the drawing board and passed another law in February about doctors in abortion clinics.

The state of Mississippi has only one clinic left that performs abortions. The few doctors doing this medical procedure are already licensed as obstetricians and gynecologists. But the Mississippi legislature now has decreed that doctors must have admitting privileges to a local hospital. That “privilege” means the doctor is allowed to send patients to a local hospital. Only one of the three doctors currently performing abortions at the clinic has local admitting privileges.

The reason these doctors cannot gain admitting privileges at local hospitals is that many Mississippi hospitals–attacking the right to abortion–have denied them.

The governor of Mississippi has already declared, despite the referendum recently voted down by 58% of Mississippi voters, that women should NOT have the right to an abortion.

Not only does he want Mississippi to deny democratic rights but also human rights to its population. A good old-fashioned good-old-boy dictatorship!