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Mississippi Passes ‘Fetal Heartbeat’ Law

Mississippi Passes ‘Fetal Heartbeat’ Law

Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant (R) on Thursday signed a bill which prohibits doctors from performing abortions after the point in which an ultrasound detects fetal cardiac activity.

The law contains exceptions for pregnancies found to endanger the woman’s life, but not for cases involving rape or incest. Doctors caught in violation of the law will be charged with a misdemeanor and could lose their medical license.

Mississippi passed a law in 2018 banning abortions after 15 weeks, but the law was struck down by a federal judge as “unconstitutional.” The new law, which is scheduled to go into effect on July 1st, cuts that window down to six weeks. 

“We think that this is showing a profound respect and desire of Mississippians to protect the sanctity of life of that very unborn life whenever possible,” said Governor Bryant.

Opponents insist the bill provides a too-small window for women who desire an abortion.

“Today, Mississippi’s anti-choice governor signed an extremist ban that effectively outlaws abortion across the state. This is about punishing and controlling women – and if not blocked in the courts, it will have absolutely devastating effects,” tweeted the pro-abortion organization NARAL.

As it stands, federal law allows abortions until the point at which a fetus is able to survive outside the womb.

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  1. Bob

    NARAL used the word “extremist” to describe this bill. Never mind the extremism of snuffing out human lives! They also claimed “this is about punishing and controlling women”. Not at all. This is about protecting those who have no defense. This is about guaranteeing life, as the US Constitution states.

  2. Alan Barysh

    I wonder what could happen if men could get pregnant.

    • Johann Ertl

      If we men could get pregnant, you would get an abortion at every gas station. With no questions asked. All those bills claim to protect and save lives, but in the end they are the last line of men exercising control over women’s bodies.

  3. ssilv48

    A misdemeanor for taking an unborn life?? God will not forget. The best birth control is keeping your legs crossed

  4. Susan McVicker

    This is a good thing.
    When we take abortion back off the Table of Options, women will have to ‘come back down’ off their little clouds of ‘It’s All About Me’ and begin to think clearly again. The next time they are ‘feeling passionate’ they will take a lot more steps to prevent an unwanted pregnancy. And if their fellow irresponsible ‘passionate’ partner, had a good education of what an abortion REALLY does inside a woman’s body, and how the child is TRULY killed, he also will gain back some respect for sex in general and not engage in such risky behavior.
    The Sexual Revolution has come full circle, now we know how it has failed the world, 60,000,000 children have been sucked up a tube, mutilated, dismembered, and ripped from their mother’s womb. And all those women who aborted, are suffering mental, emotional, spiritual and physical issues stemming from that horrible decision. Not only that, but the acceptance of abortion has now poisoned the lives of BORN children, as we see in places like New York. When sin is allowed, sin spreads! We now have full evidence of this. God was right ….again.

    Dear Mississippians, if you support abortion and are angry at this new law, please know that New York will gladly welcome you.

  5. mspidgeMZB5 Joseph

    I agree with the fetal heart beat law, way too many products out there to not get pregnant, if you don’t want it, have it and give it up, unless it’s going to kill, which 99% of the time IT WON’T.

  6. C.

    Johann you are an absolute moron. Men are no trying to control women, at least not real men. They have ,or should have, a voice in what happens to the child they help create. Women have many ways to prevent being pregnant including the morning after pill and not having sex with a guy not wearing a profo.

  7. REDK

    Young girls that are raped, had no choice in keeping their legs crossed. I was raped at the age of 12, and had my son three months after my 13th birthday. This was nearly 43 years ago. I don’t believe in abortions, but I still feel that “if” raped, then those girls and women should have a choice. However due to so “many” women who can’t get pregnant, would be given a chance at adoptions, should the girl/woman raped go ahead and have the child. However it is wrong for you to say keep your legs shut to those who weren’t given the choice.