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Pro-Choice Activists Rally Against Abortion Bills

By Jeffrey Hess | Published 29 Mar 2012 06:12pm | comments

Pro-choice activists are calling a set of anti-abortion bills in the Mississippi senate government intrusion into the doctor patient relationship. MPB's Jeffrey Hess reports that a deadline for the senate committees to take action on the bills is fast approaching.

Carrying signs with slogans like "trust women" and "Politicians are not doctors" a group of purple shirt-ed activists yelled their opposition to five abortion related bills being considered by the Mississippi senate.

26-year old Laney McNeer traveled from Winona to protest what she calls a 'war against women'.

"There is legislation that is trying to force woman who are seeking abortions to have to have an ultra sound and detect a fetal heartbeat. And we are just here to show them that we do care. We are here. We do hear what you are doing and we are against it. And we are here to fight for our rights as women," McNeer said.

A handful of men joined the protest, like 36 year old Ben Garrett who sees the bills as government intrusion on personal freedom.

"I sometimes think it is ironic that we are in an era that we are really decrying big government that this is an issue that some politicians don't have an issue with butting into our households with," Garrett said.

Senate Committees are facing a Tuesday deadline take action on 5 different abortion bills.

The bills range from requiring doctors to look for a fetal heartbeat to requiring anyone performing an abortion admitting privileges to a local hospital.

Anti-abortion activist Terry Herring with the Pro-life Action Network says the bills are an attempt to protect women and children.

"It is sad to me that women would feel that at any time that having an abortion is a solution to pregnancy. I think it is sad. Because we believe that it is a privilege to be a mother. But we also know that there are many people out there waiting to adopt new born children," Herring said.

The bills have powerful allies in the form of Governor Phil Bryant and Lt. Governor Tate Reeves.

The chairmen for both the committees that the abortion related bills have been referred to say they will give them full consideration before the Tuesday deadline.

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