Mississippi Total Abortion Ban (HB 1061)
This law was last updated on Feb 6, 2019
HB 1061 would make it a felony for a person to willfully and knowingly cause, or attempt to procure or produce, an abortion or miscarriage.
If convicted, a person would be imprisoned anywhere from one to ten years and fined between $25,000 to $50,000.
It would be unlawful for any physician to perform an abortion or to perform an abortion that results in the delivery of a living child and to intentionally allow or cause the child to die.
The bill would amend state law regarding the advertisement, sale or gifting of drugs for causing unlawful abortions to increase the punishment from a misdemeanor to a felony, punishable by one to ten years imprisonment and up to a $50,000 fine.
Anyone who purposefully, knowingly or recklessly performs or attempts to perform or induce an abortion would be guilty of murder and punished as provided by law for such crime.
Any physician who knowingly performs a “partial-birth abortion” and thereby “kills a human fetus” would be guilty of murder.
The bill would completely restrict public funding for abortions. Current state law allows for the public funding of abortion when it’s necessary to save the life of the pregnant person, the fetus has a fatal anomaly, or the pregnancy is the result of rape or incest. This bill would remove such exceptions.
The bill would prohibit abortion coverage from being provided by qualified health plans.
The bill would make it a felony to provide medication abortion to a pregnant person.
The bill would amend state law regulating ambulatory surgical facilities, abortion facilities, freestanding emergency rooms, and post-acute residential brain injury rehabilitation facilities to remove any mention of abortion facilities.
The bill would make procuring, or aiding in, an abortion grounds for the non-issuance, suspension, revocation or restriction of a license.
1/21/19 – Introduced; referred to Public Health and Human Services.
2/5/19 – Died in committee.