Who calls the shots on abortion laws?
A new law may force Mississippi's only abortion clinic to shutter its doors.
July 1st, 2012
05:59 PM ET

Who calls the shots on abortion laws?

A new state law may force the closure of Mississippi’s only abortion clinic.

Politicians who signed off on the law say it is needed to help provide safe conditions for Mississippi women who seek abortions. On the other side, many are concerned about the state of women’s health care and the role of religion in the decision.

On Facebook and on CNN.com, debate has sprung up on all sides about the motivation and implications of the law the could make Mississippi America’s first abortion-free state.

The role of religion

Starece McNeal Westheimer We have freedom of religion........why can't we have freedom FROM religion

Paul Firszt There is a separation of church and state for a reason. If you do not like abortions don't get one. BY trying to make everyone abide by your morals you turn our democracy into a theocracy.

Robert Buchanan Just because one does not believe in abortion, does not make one a "fanatic".

Richard Askew I hope they do (abortion is bad you think GOD would approve killing his children no he wouldn't he will strike you for it but then again he would forgive you because he forgives everyone) GOD BLESS hope it passes

Personal choice versus personal responsibility

Rich Gettle I'm glad they would close. What's sick is the attitude of some of these people on here. U have sex, there are consequences, like being a parent. Suck it up and be responsible

Lisa Rondeau That is wrong! This is not the stone age, it is our choice!

Brad Pennison ‎@ lisa. what if your mom made that choice

Victoria Hammond If you are going to have sex at all, THEN BE RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY CONSEQUENCES. It's a sticky subject because of different situations.

What about women's rights?

Anna Marie It just sucks to be a woman all the way around. Nobody wants to get an abortion but sometimes , there is no other choice. Especially in a society that faults you for having an abortion, then faults you for being on welfare if you cannot independently take care of it. Adoption unfortunately is for caucasian babies. All other races are very hard to adopt out. Sometimes a woman cannot bear to bring the baby full term because they are in terrible circumstances at the time of gestation.

Robin R Robin anna...there's always choice...it's called birth control...and abstinence ... Adoption...etc

Tammy Britton Women of Mississippi if the men take this right away from you they will take others. You have the power to stop it. Plus the next state is just hours away.

Daniel McDowell how about the rights of the unborn child? you know, life...

What happens now?

Cristy Mccauley Well, they will find more dead babies is trash cans now. More 15 year girls on trial (for) murder. Truth is, if they don't want to have a baby, they will find other ways to kill it or themselves ... Horrible ways. Why is this an issue for the courts in the first place? If people just raised kids the right way, there would be no use for these clinics in the first place.

Education as prevention

Earl Snider If you have no intention of educating young women AND men on how destructive an unwanted pregnancy can be to a young woman's life, then you have no business infringing on the life-changing decision that is being made. Spend your time and money reducing the the number of unwanted pregnancies and the abortion issue will become moot.

The role of the parents

7ruthere  Laws requiring "parental consent if the patient seeking an abortion is a minor." OH NO! you poor poor women! Every surgery or operation needs parental consent if on a minor, the fact that people think abortions should be an exception blows my mind.

endapathy  It's a touchy subject sometimes. If the baby is the result of the rape of a parent, close family member, or close family friend, some kids can't look to their parents to talk about it/gain consent.

What's right for Mississippi?

Caleb Christman good! thank god for STATES RIGHTS! want an abortion? fine. go to louisiana or alabama. if mississippians vote for the law, that's what mississippians want in THEIR state. are you people to use your own argument against you, are you so selfish you want to run others lives? let mississippi do what they want and if you don't like it, there are 49 other states w abortion clinics to choose from.

William R. Hunter Just a heads up, not all of us down here agree with this. Adding into the unemployment. Pathetic isn't it?

Glenda Moore If the people of Mississippi don't like it then they can vote these idiots out of office. Get out there...get involved...bring out the voters. Funny how the GOP are always talking freedoms but then take it away.

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  1. spruce

    The reason Republicans want Roe v Wade reversed, is to insure there is a cheap labor force that will keep the homes of the wealthy clean. The more cheap labor, the better the rich can live.

    August 15, 2012 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Kat

    Even Puritans had a premarital pregnancy rate of 20%. This is hardly a matter of consequences; rather, this is a matter of going against basic human genetics.

    November 16, 2012 at 8:35 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. EddieG

    Abortion should not be a religious issue, except for those directly involved. I believe abortion is morally wrong but I would not seek justification of abolishing it based on my standards. The problem from the civil law side is that there is no defined point where a 'fetus' is human and therefore have the civil rights of a citizen

    November 23, 2012 at 10:31 am | Report abuse | Reply
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