Mississippi becomes fourth state to ban Dismemberment Abortions

Governor Bryant signs HB 519 into law

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant signing HB 519. Shown behind Gov. Bryant (left to right) are Scott Fischbach, Vice President of Mississippi Right to Life, State Rep. Sam Mims, State Sen. Joey Fillingane, and Lt. Governor Tate Reeves

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant signing HB 519. Shown behind Gov. Bryant (left to right) are Scott Fischbach, Vice President of Mississippi Right to Life, State Rep. Sam Mims, State Sen. Joey Fillingane, and Lt. Governor Tate Reeves

JACKSON, MISS– Governor Phil Bryant today signed House Bill 519, a bill that bans dismemberment abortions. Authored by Rep. Sam Mims, R-McComb, HB 519 had overwhelming support in the legislature, passing the House of Representatives in February, on a vote of 85-32 and the Senate in March, 40-6.

The Unborn Child Protection from Dismemberment Abortion Act, based on model legislation provided by the National Right to Life Committee, was first passed in Kansas and subsequently in Oklahoma and West Virginia. This vital legislation has also been introduced in Pennsylvania, Minnesota , Idaho, Nebraska, Missouri, Louisiana, Rhode Island, and Utah.

Dismemberment abortion, performed on a fully-formed, living unborn baby, is a barbaric and dangerous procedure. The abortionist continually reaches into the mother’s womb with a variety of sharp-edged metal clamps and tools, yanking off parts of the child and pulling them out, piece by piece, until the child bleeds to death.

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.”

The Mississippi Unborn Child Protection from Dismemberment Abortion Act will end such dangerous procedures in our state.

Mississippi Right to Life President Barbara Whitehead commended Governor Bryant for signing this legislation to protect unborn children.

“Dismemberment abortion is unimaginably cruel and has no place in Mississippi,” Whitehead said. “We appreciate Governor Bryant signing this legislation so that our state joins Kansas, Oklahoma and West Virginia in banning dismemberment abortions.”

Mississippi Right to Life wants to again thank the legislative leaders who worked so hard to enact HB 519; Rep. Sam Mims, Speaker Philip Gunn, Sen. Joey Fillingane, Lt. Governor Tate Reeves and Governor Phil Bryant.

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