JACKSON, MISS. — A bill to ban barbaric dismemberment abortions was overwhelmingly approved Tuesday by the Mississippi state Senate. The 40 to 6 vote comes after the Mississippi state House of Representatives passed House Bill 519 in February on a vote of 83-33.
The legislation is authored by Rep. Sam Mims (R-McComb) and was handled in the Senate by Sen. Joey Fillingane (R-Sumrall.) When it becomes law, Mississippi will join three other states in having passed a ban on dismemberment abortions.
“I am committed to making Mississippi the safest place in America for an unborn child, and this legislation continues our work toward that goal,” Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves said. “Dismemberment abortions are a horrific method and should not be allowed in Mississippi.”
Dismemberment abortion is performed on a fully-formed, living unborn baby. It is a barbaric and dangerous procedure in which the unborn child is literally ripped apart in the womb and pulled out in pieces. As stated by U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy in Stenberg vs. Carhart, “The fetus, in many cases, dies just as a human adult or child would: It bleeds to death as it is torn limb from limb.”
Mississippi Right to Life President Barbara Whitehead commended the Senate for joining the House in passing this legislation to protect unborn children. “Dismemberment abortion is unimaginably cruel and has no place in Mississippi,” Whitehead concluded. “We look forward to joining Kansas, Oklahoma, and West Virginia in passing this strong pro-life legislation.”
The bill was slightly amended in the Senate and the differences will need to be conferenced with the House before the legislation can go onto the Governor.
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