Mississippi Governor Signs Bill Banning Dismemberment Abortions, Leaving Other Methods Legal

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The Republican governor of Mississippi has signed into law a bill that makes it illegal for abortionists to perform dilation and evacuation abortions (D&E) in the state, also known as dismemberment abortions.

“We’re making Mississippi the safest place in America for an unborn child,” Gov. Phil Bryant said in a statement on Twitter on Friday.

H.B. 519, also known as the “Mississippi Unborn Child Protection from Dismemberment Abortion Act,” was authored by Rep. Sam Mims, R-McComb, and passed the House on April 5 with a vote of 85-32.

“Notwithstanding any other provision of law, it shall be unlawful for any person to purposely perform or attempt to perform a dismemberment abortion and thereby kill an unborn child unless necessary to prevent serious health risk to the unborn child’s mother,” it reads.

The bill defines a dismemberment abortion as “purposely to dismember a living unborn child and extract him or her one piece at a time from the uterus through use of clamps, grasping forceps, tongs, scissors or similar instruments that, through the convergence of two rigid levers, slice, crush, and/or grasp a portion of the unborn child’s body to cut or rip it off.” The procedure is common in second trimester abortions.

The legislation notes that the prohibition does not ban other abortion methods, as it “does not include an abortion that uses suction to dismember the body of the unborn child by sucking fetal parts into a collection container.” Suction aspiration abortions are common in the first trimester.

Diane Derzis, the owner of the last remaining abortion facility in Mississippi, told reporters that the law will not affect Jackson Women’s Health Organization as it does not perform second trimester abortions. Christian News

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