A bill in Mississippi seeks to ban most abortions after a baby's heartbeat is detected but other states are fighting to keep similar laws on the books.
The measure, known as Senate Bill 2116, is co-sponsored by State Sen. Angela Hill who says abortion should be illegal unless there is a serious medical emergency.
"With the insanity coming out of New York and Virginia, and maybe even now Rhode Island, where you've got lawmakers and governors basically advocating and celebrating abortion on demand," says the state senator, "the country needs to know that there are still some sane people in this world in public office."
Hill made her comments on the "Focal Point with Bryan Fischer" program on American Family Radio, where she went on to point out that an unborn child has its own unique DNA, heartbeat, and fingerprints.
"We protect baby sea turtles better than we protect unborn human life, and that is just insanity," she stated. "We're standing here in Mississippi saying we recognize that this is a life, and this unique individual deserves protection."
Mississippi's lieutenant governor, Tate Reeves, reports that the heartbeat bill has passed out of a Senate committee and a similar bill in the House has also survived a committee vote.
Other states have passed heartbeat bills and many of those measures have been struck down in federal or state courts, which was the fate of Iowa's heartbeat bill in recent weeks.
In a related article, Steven Aden of Americans United for Life told CNN that heartbeat bills were "designed as a vehicle to challenge Roe in the Supreme Court, but they won't get to the Supreme Court unless you can convince four members of the Court that a fifth member would go with them to uphold the heartbeat bill."
Even so, Sen. Hill said she is not giving up.
"The pro-life movement has waited patiently for decades," she said, "for the [U.S. Supreme] Court to recognize the obvious fact that a baby with a beating heart is a person deserving of legal protection."
Lt. Gov. Reeves says the possibility of a Supreme Court challenge has been discussed a lot among pro-life leaders in the state going back several years. That court fight could be coming in the near future, he says, "and the whole premise behind Roe v. Wade, and it being a constitutional right to abort babies, needs to be reevaluated and needs to be tested."
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