Thursday, March 22, 2007
From the AP/SunHerald (South Mississippi):
A bill designed to eventually outlaw and criminalize abortion in Mississippi was signed into law by Gov. Haley Barbour Thursday.
The measure will ban nearly all abortions in the state if the U.S. Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade, the 1973 decision that legalized abortion nationwide. If Roe v. Wade is overturned and the state bill becomes law, anyone performing an illegal abortion in Mississippi would face one to 10 years in prison.
The bill also tightens consent laws for minors and requires abortion provider to perform sonogram and give the pregnant woman an opportunity to listen to a fetal heartbeat. It is just one of several abortion laws being considered across the country.