WJTV reports the Life Equality Act (House Bill 1295) is on its way to pro-life Republican Gov. Tate Reeves after it passed by a strong majority. The vote was 91-25, according to the AP.
The legislation prohibits abortions because of the unborn baby’s race, sex or genetic abnormality. It includes penalties and potential jail time for abortionists who violate the ban. The state Senate passed the legislation last week.
“We are simply saying all these rights that have been won over the years in the area of racism or sexism should be applied to the unborn in Mississippi,” said state Sen. Joey Fillingane, R-Covington, one of the lead advocates of the bill.
The Susan B. Anthony List also praised lawmakers for passing the bill.
“We are pleased to see the Life Equality Act advance one step closer to becoming law, thanks to the strong leadership of our pro-life allies in the Mississippi legislature,” said SBA List State Policy Director Sue Liebel. “Mississippians agree unborn children should be protected from this lethal discrimination.”
Pro-abortion groups likely will sue to block the new anti-discrimination legislation as well. Last year, Planned Parenthood of St. Louis chief medical officer Colleen McNicholas told the AP that “EVERY reason to have an abortion is a valid reason,” including for sex-selection and disabilities like Down syndrome.