The push for a "heartbeat bill" in Mississippi is dead for this
session -- but it's not due to a lack of interest.
Mississippi Representative Andy Gipson said Monday he will not
seek a vote on the "Protection of the Human Person Act," which bans
abortion if the heartbeat of the unborn baby can be detected.
Gipson, chairman of the House Judiciary B Committee in Jackson, is
the sponsor of the bill.
Terri Herring of the Mississippi-based Pro Life
America Network tells OneNewsNow that the Republican lawmaker
is taking the action because it is clear the measure will not pass
at this time in the Senate.
"And we're going to have to establish a willingness on the part
of the Senate to take up the heartbeat bill and fight," she
In the previous session, the bill passed in the Mississippi
House after bruising debate, but died in the Senate.
"You know, we go through hours and hours of floor fights that
are very contentious, which is normal -- and I think Andy is
willing and able to fight those fights," says Herring. "However, if
we're going to be sent to the wrong committee in the Senate and
[see the bill] die there, then that's not going to work."
Herring plans to start working with the Senate to gain more
support for passage within the next legislative session. She is
certain passing a heartbeat bill would lead to a court challenge --
and the current makeup of the Supreme Court is an additional
factor, she notes.
Pro Life American Network also is working this year on a bill to
regulate use of the abortion pill, RU-486.