A proposed life-saving bill passed a state Senate vote in Mississippi on Wednesday bringing the state one step closer to significantly reducing the number abortions performed.
The bill would make abortion illegal after a heartbeat is detected around six weeks into a pregnancy. The bill would allow abortions for medical emergencies, but reportedly not for cases of rape or incest.
Fortunately, both the House and the Senate proposed similar bills – each passing their respective body. HB-528 sponsored by Rep. Robert Foster is almost identical to the Senate bill co-sponsored by Sen. Angela Hill and Sen. Chris Caughman, reports Life News.
The Republican Governor, Phil Bryant has stated that he would “sign a bill banning abortion as early as six weeks,” according to Clarion Ledger. Tweeting out in January his support for the pro-life movement, Gov. Bryant said “It’s time to pass a Heart Beat Bill in Mississippi and stop this madness about when life begins.”
Governor Bryant also tweeted yesterday in support of the bills:
I’ve often said I want Mississippi to be the safest place for an unborn child in America. I appreciate the leadership of the MS House and Senate, along with members of the Legislature, for passing the fetal heartbeat bills today. I look forward to signing this act upon passage.
— Phil Bryant (@PhilBryantMS) February 13, 2019
This huge win for the pro-life fight makes Mississippi just the second state to ban abortion after a heartbeat is detected, following Iowa.
Of course, the abortion giant issued the response from Felicia Brown-Williams, the director of Planned Parenthood Southeast Advocates:
“These bills would ban abortion — outlawing the procedure before most women even know they’re pregnant. Individual rights and freedoms go to the heart of who we are as a country, including the right to access safe and legal abortion. Mississippians should be able to make their own most personal health care decisions without politicians controlling when, how, or why.”
While the bill on the Senate floor was debated, the question of how much a life is worth was raised from a Republican Senator. Mississippi previously passed a 15 week abortion ban which was taken to court many times. Democrat Sen. Derrick Simmons questioned Republican Sen. Joey Fillingane on his knowledge if he “was aware Mississippi has spent $1.2 million defending the 15-week abortion ban in court.” At this point, a supporter of the bill, Sen. Michael Watson chimed in rhetorically, “Is it worth $1.2 million? What is a life worth?” according to Live Action.
As Gov. Bryant expressed in his tweet, he is looking forward to signing legislation that protects life inside the womb.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott Pledges to Outlaw Big Tech Censorship
Texas has had enough.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott is pledging to outlaw Big Tech’s left-wing censorship, announcing his support of a bill in the Texas State Senate that would open social media monopolies to lawsuits from users at a state level.
State Senator Bryan Hughes Senate Bill 12 would provide legal recourse for users of Big Tech platforms who are banned from the services to return, designating Big Tech monopolies such as Twitter, YouTube and Facebook as common carriers.
“They are common carriers and they cannot discriminate against people … it’s a violation of the first amendment,” Hughes said. “This is going to protect Texas’ free speech and get them back online.”
I am joining @SenBryanHughes to announce a bill prohibiting social media companies from censoring viewpoints.
It's un-American, Un-Texan, & soon to be illegal.https://t.co/zSdirRa1pj
— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) March 5, 2021
“These are the areas that used to be the courthouse square where people would come and talk,” said Abbott of the legislation. “Now, people are going to Facebook and Twitter to talk about their political ideas, and what Facebook and Twitter are doing — they are controlling the flow of information, and sometimes denying the flow of information.”
“Texas is taking a stand against big tech political censorship. We are not going to allow it in the Lone Star state.”
The law establishing legal recourse against online censorship may prove legally durable enough to avoid breaching Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act. That law provides immunity for user-created content on internet platforms, and doesn’t give social media platforms a right to discriminate against active or potential users on the basis of political ideology.
The future for fighting Big Tech censorship lies at a state level. While some state Republican officials have proven reluctant to separate themselves from the lucrative business lobbies of Big Tech oligarchs, Hughes’ approach seems legally innovative enough to give free speech defenders a fighting shot at free expression online.
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