Mississippi Lawmakers Will Consider Ultrasound-Abortion Bill

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Dec 30, 2005   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

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by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
December 30, 2005

Jackson, MS (LifeNews.com) — Pro-life advocates in Mississippi want lawmakers to consider another pro-life bill that would already add to a long list of limits on abortion that have strongly reduced the number of abortions and closed all but one abortion business there.

Lawmakers will consider a proposal to require abortion practitioners to provide women considering an abortion the opportunity to see an ultrasound of her unborn child 24 hours before making the final decision.

Studies have shown that women who see an ultrasound frequently decide against an abortion.

The legislature reconvenes on Tuesday and Rep. Carmel Wells-Smith, a pro-life Republican, says she thinks the bill could "pull at the heart strings" of a woman undecided about an abortion.

However, pro-life advocates may have a hard time getting traction for their bill because the legislature will be overwhelmingly focused on rebuilding Mississippi’s coastal areas in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.

Wells-Smith told the Associated Press that some legislators may say, "We’ve given you all this, can’t you just lay off of us for a while?"

House Public Health Committee Chairman Steve Holland, a Democrat, told AP that the state seems to be "maxed out" on the possible pro-life laws it could adopt but added that his committee would review any proposals.

Susan Hill, president of the North Carolina-based National Women’s Health Organization, which runs the state’s only abortion facility in Jackson, said she plans to deal with whatever the legislature does.

This week, a local judge ruled an abortion business that closed last year must pay substantial damages to a woman who was injured in a failed abortion in 2003.

The New Woman Medical Center abortion facility in Jackson closed last year and its abortion practitioner, Malachy Dehenre, lost his medical license because of botched abortions.

Related web sites:
Pro-Life Mississippi – https://www.prolifemississippi.org