'Heartbeat' Amendment Passes House

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Lawmakers say a bill that passed the Mississippi House Tuesday could lead to criminal prosecutions of anyone who performs an abortion once a fetal heartbeat is detected.

The abortion restriction was added to Senate Bill 2771, which deals with the killing of children.

Republican Andy Gipson of Braxton, chairman of the Judiciary B Committee, sponsored the heartbeat amendment, saying it would protect innocent life.

Democratic Rep. Adrienne Wooten of Jackson says the government shouldn't interfere in medical decisions made by women, their husbands and their doctors.

Detecting a heartbeat in the early stages of pregnancy can require an invasive transvaginal ultrasound.

The bill was held for more possible House debate. Because the House amended it, the bill would go back to the Senate for more work.

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  • by Curious on Apr 14, 2012 at 04:01 PM
    So you don't want people in Jackson with Christian beliefs? That believe murdering an unborn child is wrong? Yeh, that makes a lot of sense.
  • by veteran Location: lauderdale county on Apr 12, 2012 at 08:03 PM
    i think it would be nice to have a list of the people in jackson who voted yes on this so we will know who to vote out the next election.
  • by Gregory Location: Collinsville on Apr 12, 2012 at 10:54 AM
    "Educated": Then I'll speak, if you dare listen. According to data released by the National Center for Health Statistics, Mississippi has the highest per capita teen pregnancy rate in the nation, and New Hampshire has the lowest. Not coincidentally, Mississippi has the highest per capita rate of religious belief in the nation, and New Hampshire has one of the lowest. I fail to see how denying sex education and birth control to teenagers, outlawing abortion, and relying on religious beliefs will improve conditions in Mississippi.
  • by Christian Location: Union, MS on Apr 12, 2012 at 09:37 AM
    Praise the Lord for partially intelligent people who still believe in GOD and are fighting to do the right thing!
  • by Christian Location: Mother on Apr 12, 2012 at 09:34 AM
    Thank the Lord there are a few politicians that still have a conscience and heart. I get so tired of hearing, "We shouldn't tell women what they can do with THEIR OWN body." You can do whatever you want to do with YOUR body. - what this bill is for is to keep women from harming THE INNOCENT BABY.
  • by Educated on Apr 11, 2012 at 08:33 PM
    Wow...the only comment that makes any sense is the first one. She is also the only one that commented in favor of the legislation and the only one to use correct grammer. Hummm...I think I see a correlation!
  • by vonn Location: meridian on Apr 11, 2012 at 04:22 PM
    There they go telling a woman what she can do with her body but the same ones is for that law.Is the same 1's that was for the war in Iraq that killed 600,000 iraqis,only God knows how many kids that was in that number and favor the US bombing Iran don't you know in war ppl get killed 2,u see how they use the bible for their own devilish work.U favor war but against abortion.
  • by veteran Location: lauderdale county on Apr 11, 2012 at 04:16 PM
    we voted on this. they are just going to go around what the people want. this is no longer about abortion, it is about a small segment of the population telling the larger part of the population to go by what they say. any lawmaker who votes for this should be voted out.
  • by Anonymous on Apr 11, 2012 at 02:57 PM
    There will be alot of them taking old remy like that been have doing and nothing will ever be done bout that!!! why is everything so strict about the woman when it comes to child-support it;s not enough to even eat off of so pass a bill on that one!!
  • by Let us make our own decision Location: Bailey on Apr 11, 2012 at 02:47 PM
    I think that a woman should be the one to make the decision about her body. What would you say if your child was raped and they said no, you can't have an abortion? I wouldn't want my child to have to carry a child like that. Before to long, tou won't be able to do anything because the government wants to control everything
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