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Mississippi Race- and Sex-Selective Abortion Ban (SB 2790)

This law was last updated on Oct 5, 2014


State

Mississippi

Number

SB 2790

Status

Failed to Pass

Proposed

Jan 20, 2014

Sponsors

Bill Authors: 1
Total Sponsors: 1

Topics

Sex- or Race-Selective Bans

Full Bill Text

billstatus.ls.state.ms.us

SB 2790 would have amended Miss. Code § 41-41-33 (2013) to prohibit performing an abortion based upon a determination of the gender or race of the “unborn human being.”

The bill states that a person convicted of violating the provision would have been guilty of a felony punishable by imprisonment not less than one year but no more than ten years and by a fine of up to $10,000.

The bill would have exempted pregnant women from liability.

Sex-selection abortions are not a widespread problem in the United States. However, anti-choice activists cite three studies documenting the use of sex-selection abortion primarily among a small number of immigrant women. The National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum notes that a ban similar to this ban “targets and thus limits reproductive health access for Asian American & Pacific Islander women, who anti-choicers say are the ones guilty of this abortion practice. We know the real solution to ending the preference for sons in some families is getting to the root of the problem: gender inequity. If lawmakers truly want to help us, we call on them to promote equal pay, access to education, health equity, and ending violence against women.”

STATUS

Died in Public Health and Welfare Committee.


People

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