Mississippi is on the brink of being the first state to ban abortions after 15 weeks' gestation.
The Magnolia State already bans abortions after 20 weeks, but legislation approved in the House and Senate would move that time frame up to 15 weeks. Rob Chambers, vice president of AFA Action, the politically active arm of the Mississippi-based American Family Association, says House Bill 1510 is a great bill.
"It had strong support in the Senate," Chambers tells OneNewsNow. "There was a minor tweak to the bill, so it will go to the House for concurrence; and then after that, it will go to [Republican] Governor Phil Bryant for his signature."
Governor Bryant (right) has indicated he would sign the bill. He tweeted on Tuesday: "As I have repeatedly said, I want Mississippi to be the safest place in America for an unborn child. House Bill 1510 will help us achieve that goal." Lt. Governor Tate Reeves (R-Mississippi) has made a similar statement about the legislation.
Mississippi would lead the nation and be the first state to pass such legislation protecting unborn children, if House Bill 1510 becomes law.
The health of the mom also at issue
"The state has a compelling interest to also protect the health of the mother," former science teacher turned Mississippi State Senator Angela Burks Hill (R-Marion, Pearl River) said Tuesday on American Family Radio. "As you get into the second-term abortions, the chances of complication totally increase by like 2,100 percent when you start doing those second-trimester abortions."
Senator Hill adds that it's not just the physical aspects that Mississippi needs to protect the women against, but also the emotional scars that women carry with them many times after having a second-trimester abortion.
"They know that that baby has developed – and I've seen letters where women say they've seen the parts of the baby, and the emotional scars that they carry with them after they see the parts of that baby that are dismembered," she explained. "It's like PTSD to some of these women who have these abortions when their babies are fully formed."
Editor's Note: AFA Action is a division of the American Family Association, the parent organization of the American Family News Network, which operates OneNewsNow.com.