Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour said last week that he would likely sign the state’s proposed abortion ban into law if it makes it to his desk.
The Mississippi House Public Health Committee voted Tuesday to approve a ban on abortion similar to the ban in South Dakota. The bill may be put to a vote in the full House this week. If approved, it would move on to the State Senate.
Mississippi joins an increasing number of states — including Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, South Carolina, and Tennessee — that are attempting to ban abortion at the state level, hoping to force litigation that will challenge Roe v. Wade.
According to Operation Rescue, Mississippi has only one remaining abortion clinic — the Jackson Women’s Health Organization.