Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant announced on Sunday that he intends to sign into law legislation which would outlaw abortion when an unborn child has a heartbeat.
The legislation flies in face of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo who signed legislation into law which allows a mother to make a decision to abort her child in the third trimester. Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo and Virginia Governor Ralph Northam said they would support similar efforts in their respective states.
From the Western Journal:
Let’s face facts: This year hasn’t been particularly kind to pro-lifers thus far.
The biggest atrocity has been with New York’s Orwellian-named Reproductive Health Act, which allows for abortion up until the moment of birth — something the state celebrated by lighting up One World Trade Center in pink in honor of the fact that babies can be killed more easily.
As for Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam and a similar bill that was proposed in his state, I don’t know if you can count it as a win that the governor’s political career has been more or less derailed because of a series of events that started with his heinous comments about third-trimester abortion.
Well, at least there are some victories to celebrate — namely, a new Mississippi law that would ban abortion after the detection of a fetal heartbeat except in extreme cases.
“I’ve often said I want Mississippi to be the safest place for an unborn child in America. I appreciate the leadership of the MS House and Senate, along with members of the legislature, for passing the fetal heartbeat bills today. I look forward to signing this act upon passage,” Gov. Bryant said in a tweet earlier this week.
The bill describes a fetal heartbeat as “a key, medical predictor that an unborn human individual will reach viability and live birth.”
The bill reads: “Except when a medical emergency exists that prevents compliance with this section, no person shall perform an abortion on a pregnant woman before determining if the unborn human individual that the pregnant woman is carrying has a detectable fetal heartbeat.”
“Any person who performs an abortion on a pregnant woman based on the exception in this section shall note in the pregnant woman’s medical records that a medical emergency necessitating the abortion existed,” the bill continues.
And, “The State Board of Health may promulgate rules for the appropriate methods of performing an examination for the presence of a fetal heartbeat of an unborn human individual based on standard medical practice.”
If a physician performs an abortion while a heartbeat is detected in an unborn child, then they would become subject to disciplinary actions under the law.
The Western Journal adds:
Doctors are protected “if that person performs a medical procedure designed to or intended, in that person’s reasonable medical judgment, to prevent the death of a pregnant woman or to prevent a serious risk of the substantial and irreversible impairment of a major bodily function of the pregnant woman.”
As The Christian Post noted, the bill doesn’t include exceptions for rape or incest.
Both houses of the Mississippi legislature have passed the bill and Republican Gov. Phil Bryant has indicated he’ll sign the legislation into law.