Mississippi's House is currently considering a ban on all abortions in the state except those necessary to save the life of a pregnant woman or girl. The amendment, which is very similar to the ban just passed by South Dakota, is supported by anti-choice Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour (R). Barbour has said he would probably sign the bill with this amendment if it passes as expected in the state legislature, although he would prefer to include exceptions for rape and incest, according to the Associated Press.
Only one abortion clinic remains in the state of Mississippi – the embattled Jackson Women’s Health Organization. “Mississippi has been extremely punitive to women’s rights in a lot of different ways, so this amendment is in keeping with this tradition,” Susan Hill told Ms. magazine, president of the National Women’s Health Organization, which owns the sole abortion clinic in Mississippi. “But we’re not going anywhere — we’re going to fight this until the bitter end.”
Mississippi has the highest teen birth rate and one of the highest poverty and infant mortality rates in the country. A last-minute addition to the amendment would require the state to pay for the health care and education of all children until the age of 19 in Mississippi whose mothers sought family counseling and chose to continue their pregnancies.
10/30/2014 Medication Abortion Access Threatened by Oklahoma Court Ruling - An Oklahoma state district court judge has refused to block a state law restricting medication abortion, clearing the way for the law to go into affect on November 1.
The Oklahoma Coalition for Reproductive Justice, together with a local abortion clinic in Tulsa, challenged HB 2684 in September, arguing that the law was an unconstitutional restriction on non-surgical abortion in the earliest weeks of pregnancy. . . .
10/30/2014 UPS Switches Pregnant Worker Policy Ahead of Supreme Court Case - The United Parcel Service (UPS) is changing its policy on light duty assignments for pregnant workers, even though the company will stand by its refusal to extend accommodations to a former employee in an upcoming Supreme Court case.
UPS announced on Monday in a memo to employees, and in a brief filed with the US Supreme Court, that the company will begin offering temporary, light-duty positions to pregnant workers on January 1, 2015. . . .
10/29/2014 North Dakota Supreme Court Upholds Abortion Restrictions - The North Dakota Supreme Court yesterday upheld a set of misguided restrictions on medication abortion, allowing what is effectively a ban on early, non-surgical abortions in the state to go into effect immediately.
The decision overturned a lower court order finding the law, known as HB 1297, unconstitutional and permanently blocking its enforcement. . . .