Center for Reproductive Rights calls on politicians to stop passing laws that attack constitutionally protected health care, focus on real work of improving women’s well-being
(PRESS RELEASE) Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant signed into law today a measure banning abortion in the state after 20 weeks of pregnancy—with zero exceptions for survivors of rape or incest and only an extremely narrow exception for medical emergencies and lethal fetal abnormalities.
The very few Mississippi women who may need to seek abortion services after 20 weeks already face extreme barriers to care, as the sole remaining abortion clinic in the state only provides abortion services through 16 weeks of pregnancy. According to the state Department of Health’s most recent data from 2012, only two abortions were performed after 20 weeks—most likely in a hospital—in the state that year.
Dijo Nancy Northup, presidente y director general del Centro de Derechos Reproductivos:
“Two years ago, politicians in Mississippi tried to use an underhanded law to close the only abortion clinic in the state, which is now hanging on by a federal court order.
“Now, these very same politicians have set their sights on shutting down exceptionally rare instances of abortion care after 20 weeks, of which there were only two in 2012.
“With the women and families of their state facing extreme poverty, unacceptable rates of maternal mortality, and skyrocketing teen pregnancy, Mississippi’s elected officials have more than enough real work to do to bolster women’s well-being in their state.
“It’s time for these politicians to stop passing laws that attack constitutionally protected women’s health care and finally focus on policies that would support the health, lives, and rights of Mississippi women and families.”
Mississippi has one of the worst records in the nation when it comes to women’s health, with the largest number of women living in poverty and some of the highest rates of teen pregnancy and maternal mortality in the country. Mississippi women also face some of the most burdensome restrictions on access to safe and legal abortion in the U.S., with the Jackson Women’s Health Organization—the sole abortion clinic in Mississippi—luchando contra para mantener sus puertas abiertas frente a los intentos políticos de hacer que el aborto seguro, de alta calidad y legal sea completamente inaccesible en el estado.
El Tribunal Supremo de los Estados Unidos ha sostenido sistemáticamente -primero en Roe contra Wade y de nuevo en Planned Parenthood contra Casey-que los estados no pueden prohibir el aborto antes de la viabilidad. A principios de este año, el Tribunal Supremo de EE.UU. rechazado to review a decision permanently blocking Arizona’s ban on abortion at 20 weeks of pregnancy, and courts in Idaho and Georgia have also recently blocked similar pre-viability bans. Just last month, West Virginia Governor Earl Ray Tomblin vetoed a similar measure, stating that the bill was unconstitutional and “unduly restricts the physician-patient relationship.”
Prohibiciones perjudiciales e inconstitucionales como éstas subrayan aún más la necesidad de que el gobierno federal Ley de protección de la salud de la mujer (S. 1696/H.R. 3471)-un proyecto de ley que prohibiría a estados como Mississippi imponer restricciones inconstitucionales a los proveedores de servicios de salud reproductiva que no se aplican a ninguna atención médica similar, interfieren con la toma de decisiones personales de las mujeres y bloquean el acceso a servicios de aborto seguros y legales.