JACKSON, Miss. (Jan. 5, 2018) – Two bills introduced in the Mississippi House would outlaw abortion in the state and impose criminal penalties on physicians who illegally perform them, nullifying the Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade.
Rep. Dan Eubanks (R-Walls) introduced House Bill 45 (HB45) on Jan. 2. Under the proposed law, “anyone who purposefully, knowingly or recklessly performs or attempts to perform or induce an abortion shall be guilty of murder and punished as provided by law for such crime.” The legislation would make it unlawful for any physician to perform an abortion or to perform an abortion that results in the delivery of a living child and to intentionally allow or cause the child to die. Doctors who violate the law could be charged with a felony and subject to 1 to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $50,000.
A second bill (HB226) introduced by Rep. Robert Foster (R-DeSoto) would prohibit abortions if the fetus has a detectable heartbeat. HB226 does not include jail time, but doctors found guilty of violating the law would be fined up to $25,000. The bill has an exception for the life …
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