Mississippi pro-life Gov. Phil Bryant makes it no secret that his goal is to end abortion in his state.
In 2012, Bryant signed a law that could potentially close the only remaining abortion facility in Mississippi. Bryant also is working to provide life-affirming alternatives to pregnant women and their babies in the state.
Bryant’s re-election campaign recently donated to the pro-life Center for Pregnancy Choices in Jackson, Miss., according to the Associated Press. The center offers free, confidential services including pregnancy tests, sonograms, maternity and baby clothes, counseling about pregnancy options, and more.
Earlier this year, under Bryant’s leadership, Mississippi also appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold a pro-life law that would protect babies and their moms from abortion. The law could make the state abortion free if the lone remaining abortion facility there can’t comply, LifeNews.com previously reported.
Here’s more from the Associated Press:
In papers filed (earlier this year), state Attorney General Jim Hood asks the nation’s highest court to overturn a ruling by the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant signed a law in 2012 requiring physicians at the state’s only abortion clinic to obtain privileges to admit patients to a nearby hospital. The clinic sued to block the law. Its physicians have been unable to obtain privileges, partly because hospitals won’t grant them to out-of-state doctors.
The appeals court ruled last year that the law could block access in Mississippi to a constitutionally protected medical procedure by closing the only abortion clinic in the state.
If allowed to be enforced, the law could close the Jackson Women’s Health Organization, the only abortion clinic in the State of Mississippi.
“This case is really about whether the courts will compel the State of Mississippi to allow abortion clinics to continue subjecting women to below standard care. Pregnant women are currently being treated as second-class citizens and are being denied the same high standard of care that everyone else expects. However, the Jackson Women’s Health Organization can’t and won’t raise their standards for the safety of their patients. That says a lot about their agenda, which places abortion profits above the lives of women,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue.
The hospital privilege rule was passed after Newman suggested the law to a Mississippi pro-life lobbying group during the 2012 March for Life events in Washington, DC. Since then, hospital privilege requirements have been enacted in several states and are being considered in others.