Governor's Comments Raise Eyebrows

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The comments were said during an internet talk show with the American Family Association.

Governor Phil Bryant was discussing abortion and the bill he signed last week requiring anyone performing an abortion to be OB-GYN certified and have admitting privileges at local hospitals. That's when he said this.

"Even if you believe in abortion, the hypocrisy of the left that now tried to kill this bill that, that says I should have never signed it, the true hypocrisy is that their one mission in life is to abort children, is to kill children in the womb," Bryant said.

"I don't think that was proper at all. I think that was way, way off base and out of line," said house democratic leader representative Bobby Moak.

To lawmakers like Rep. Moak those comments are nothing more than an insult to people who have different views.

"You can't make those kind of comments and put groups of people who voted a certain way to say that this was the reason they voted that way," said Moak.

Moak says the handful of abortion bills introduced in the legislature were ignoring the will of Mississippi voters who voted down the personhood amendment last Fall.

Bryant's spokesman says the governor isn't backing down from what he said and in a statement says, "Gov. Bryant has not hidden from his commitment to defending life, and he will continue working toward his stated goal of making Mississippi abortion-free. His comments were directed at those who insist that the unborn do not have the right to life."

Bryant went on to say in the interview he wants to end abortion in the state which has been his position since he began his campaign for governor.

"That's what I said and that's what I intend to do," said Bryant.