Mississippi Only Abortion Clinic Facing Critical DeadlineBy Jeffrey Hess | Published 10 Jan 2013 06:03pm |
Today is the deadline for Mississippi's only abortion clinic to comply with a new restrictive, regulation. MPB's Jeffrey Hess reports Governor Phil Bryant and anti-abortion advocates want to continue to the fight to make Mississippi abortion free
"We have become too comfortable with abortion. How long since you shed a tear for the unborn?"
Pastor Doug Lane leads a prayer during a gathering of anti-abortion pastors in Jackson Thursday.
Today is the final day for Mississippi's lone abortion clinic to comply with a law requiring all their doctors to be OB-GYB's with admitting privileges at a local hospital.
Governor Phil Bryant spoke to the group and says he hopes the law will lead to the facility closing.
"My goal of course is to shut it down. Now, we will follow the laws. The bill is in the courts now related to the physicians and their association with the hospitals. But certainly if I had the power to do so legally, I would do so tomorrow," Bryant said.
Clinic representatives have filed a lawsuit to stop the law because local hospitals have not extended privileges.
Bryant is also endorsing a bill in the legislature that could ban abortions if a doctor detects a fetal heart beat.
Pastor lane, who is a Methodist preacher in Cruger, says it is up to the church to pressure lawmakers to do more to stop abortion.
"The church has been given the authority by god to stop abortion. We are the spiritual leaders in our communities. And that we view this a spiritual problem first of all. And we believe that the church has the authority and the ability to end abortion in Mississippi," Lane said.
A heart beat bill failed in the legislature last year when the committee chair did not bring it up for a vote.
Democratic Representative Steve Holland of Plantersville says the repeated focus on abortion regulation is a waste of time.
"And we can't do anything more. We have the most restrictive legislation of any state in this nation, aside from South Dakota, on abortion. As long as Roe V. Wade is the law of this land there is nothing more we can do," Holland said.
The 40th anniversary of the Roe versus Wade ruling, which legalized abortion in the US, is later this month and the anti-abortion pastors say they are planning a prayer vigil at the capital to highlight their opposition to that ruling.
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