Barbour Signs Abortion Funding Ban

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Gov. Haley Barbour has signed a new state law that bans public funding for most abortions under health exchanges that could be created under a federal health care overhaul.

The new state law took effect when Barbour signed it Monday.

When legislators passed the bill last month, opponents said it was a way to pander to conservatives because Mississippi has had a law since 2002 banning any federal, state or local tax dollars from being used for abortion.

The bill's supporters said they want Mississippi to specify that no public money could pay for abortions once all provisions of a federal health overhaul are set to become law by 2014.

Barbour is suing on behalf of the state to try to block the federal overhaul.

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  • by just my opinion Location: local on May 26, 2010 at 04:38 PM
    js you don't even have a horse in this race. Keep your California comments to yourself. You really don't have a clue to what's going on. Enuf said.
  • by Anonymous on May 26, 2010 at 02:47 PM
    js Maybe you need to lay off the wacky weed. You might actually make sense if you do.
  • by not alone Location: local on May 26, 2010 at 12:25 PM
    Michael -I'd rather drink the TEA, thank you. Sounds like you prefer the Kool-Aid though. Barbour is doing just fine. I think you don't have the comprehension to understand things. You need to get your FACTS straight. Actually, none of your diatribe was meaningless & without factual information. And, I do believe the poll agrees with me... at 71.4%. So, you must be in the 28.6% minority, eh? And Barbour has been working at our coast level against the oil spill. So much for the FEDERAL government doing their job... seems like they haven't even gotten started... strange bedfellows; BP & Obama. Methinks you need to leave it alone. -Applaud DM.-
  • by DM Location: MS on May 26, 2010 at 09:26 AM
    Thank God for Gov.Haley Barbour who will stand up for what's right's. As For you Micheal did you come from mexico and do we need to send you over there with the idiot's. Tax payer's should not pay for a Baby to be killed after you my dear make your mistake and not use common sense.
  • by Michael Location: Meridian on May 26, 2010 at 05:34 AM
    not alone~ You need to stay away from the Kool-Aid for a while. Barbour is an idiot.
  • by not alone Location: local on May 25, 2010 at 06:40 PM
    Michael -You DON'T have it straight: 1. the governor does believe it's UNconstitutional for the federal government to REQUIRE a citizen to purchase FEDERAL health insurance-I know-that's the only insurance I CAN have. 2. the FEDERAL insurance mandates what you can & can NOT do in health care. They can FORCE providers to provide abortions even if it's against their principles. 3. There will be LESS providers because they are LIMITED to the amount of coverage that they can provide to their patients. 4. You will get minimal treatment at their convenience & their workload will double or triple because of fewer providers, etc. 5. I don't want MY tax dollars to go to federal funding of abortions & the majority of the US agrees with me. Where have you been this is OLD news & Barbour has been working on the Gulf oil spill. I applaud the accomplishments that Gov Barbour has made in MS & the work he has done in fighting the health care bill. js you are on the wrong page. Maybe you're just wrong.
  • by js Location: california on May 25, 2010 at 02:15 PM
    i also see mississippi wants the department of justice to help extradite a serial rapist from mexico. i guess the hillbillies in the state of mississippi pick and choose when they want FEDERAL HELP. i say let enos and cletus go there and pick him up themselves, maybe they can have fun with the drug cartels down there! lol!
  • by Michael Location: Meridian on May 24, 2010 at 05:50 PM
    Let me get this straight. The guvna believes it is unconstitutional for the federal government to require a citizen to purchase private health insurance, but it is perfectly acceptable to pass a state law to regulate what these private insurance policies might cover; assuming that all or part of the policy is susidized by the federal government. Has anyone noticed the OIL LEAK in the Gulf. If you are looking for a real problem......we actually have one.
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