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. chrissy

    Exactly banasy! Why dont they do something to start going after deadbeat dads? Jeff might be a stand up guy, but for every stand up guy, there are two that arent!

    July 1, 2012 at 10:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Only two?
      I think that number is a tad on the low side....

      July 1, 2012 at 10:49 pm | Report abuse |
  2. chrissy

    lmfao @ banasy, i was trying to be generous!

    July 1, 2012 at 10:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      I know.
      We have to keep those loser deadbeat dads egos intact.
      Don't want them feeling bad about themselves, now, do we?

      July 1, 2012 at 11:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • mickey1313

      People like newt gingrich. And other high level politicians and corporate men who are of the belief that they don't owe anyone anything. They take and take like the dukes and lords of centuries past.

      July 1, 2012 at 11:37 pm | Report abuse |
  3. I have question about blog

    Does anyone try to get aborted baby opinion, or is aborted baby too badly injured by process?

    July 1, 2012 at 10:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rascal Rabble


      July 1, 2012 at 11:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rascal Rabble

      ...its not the aborted baby's fault they were conceieved by deaf, dumb, mute, blind parents...they opinions are clearly advocated by lotta people and everytime someone says yes to life and its dignities...

      July 1, 2012 at 11:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • mickey1313

      It isn't a baby, that is the point. It is a lump of cells, no different then a tumor

      July 1, 2012 at 11:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • mickey1313

      Sticks and stones rr. I think therefore i am. No brain equals no life, at least no sentient independent life, it is the moms choice. Not the government's, not some christian bigots, just the parents.

      July 1, 2012 at 11:48 pm | Report abuse |
  4. chrissy

    I got no problem telling them they are losers lmao, i think they already know though, or they would step up to the plate and do the honerable thing!

    July 1, 2012 at 11:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Oh, I KNOW that, Indomitable...
      And you're right.
      My old saying holds true...if you're going to tap it, cap it.

      July 1, 2012 at 11:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rascal Rabble

      ewww...that is soooo raunchy...

      July 1, 2012 at 11:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rascal Rabble

      gonna do it anyways...you people are crazy and that is not true...

      July 1, 2012 at 11:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • mickey1313

      Rr, if you think that is raunchy, then you are a prude.

      July 1, 2012 at 11:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • mickey1313

      If using a condom is disturbing, that is prude. Look up the word. it is that type of Victorian prudishness that makes the reset of the world laugh at us.

      July 1, 2012 at 11:53 pm | Report abuse |
  5. banasy©

    At least you admit it...

    July 1, 2012 at 11:19 pm | Report abuse |
  6. chrissy

    @ rascal, that was just wrong! Deaf, dumb, mute and blind people make good parents as well as anyone else!

    July 1, 2012 at 11:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • mickey1313

      Most children conceived today are of the dumb. That is why or nation is falling into the toilet

      July 1, 2012 at 11:45 pm | Report abuse |
  7. banasy©

    Good night, everyone.

    July 1, 2012 at 11:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • mickey1313

      Nite, you r story about your child was touching.

      July 1, 2012 at 11:50 pm | Report abuse |
  8. BOMBO ©

    So there's another word you can't use on CNN. Fair enough, and I guess the mods are on duty after all.

    July 1, 2012 at 11:28 pm | Report abuse |
  9. chrissy

    Good night banasy. Lol @ BOMBO, its amazing the silly words you cant use but the nasty ones get by so easily! and @ Rascal, what is not true?

    July 1, 2012 at 11:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rascal Rabble

      that they gonna do it anyways
      ...besides condoms are not good contraceptives and their use is probally responsible for "unplanned" pregnancies...

      July 1, 2012 at 11:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rocking Rougue

      Are you nuts? You think they're going to be celibate? What world do you live in?? Instead of griping about the 2% who may get preggers, focus on the 98% potential abortions that are averted! What do you want, their junk frozen until it's time for the honeymoon? What reality do you occupy, anyway? Some of the dumbest comments I have ever seen! I am against abortion, but preventing them from occurring in the first place is using contraceptives, whether you like it or not! What is WRONG with that??
      Tumor, you need to grow up. Reality sounds a little shaky for you, also.

      July 2, 2012 at 12:56 am | Report abuse |
  10. A Tumor

    A tumor is not a potential American. Therein lays the difference murderers cannot see, for they are forbidden from seeing.

    July 1, 2012 at 11:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Army Gal

      Not to mention the "clump of cells" feels pain, even in the earliest stages. No pain meds are even administered. We are torturing these babies. We are condemning them to death in a most inhumane fashion. Not even hardened criminals get this kind of treatment.

      July 4, 2012 at 10:46 am | Report abuse |
  11. A Tumor

    Murderers are blind so as not to see the difference between what should be preserved alive and what should be killed.

    July 1, 2012 at 11:50 pm | Report abuse |
  12. dazzle ©

    @Mickey1313, Rascal Rabble used to be Mmmmm, but now with its new name it is going rogue.

    July 1, 2012 at 11:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • mickey1313

      It s the same as mmmmmm, that makes since., and to tumor, the word there was potential. Not a person, a possible person. It is the parents concern no one else.

      July 1, 2012 at 11:57 pm | Report abuse |
  13. A Tumor

    No doubt women naturally have more fat cells for tumors, eh mickey?

    July 1, 2012 at 11:53 pm | Report abuse |
  14. chrissy

    Lol @ Rascal, youre right condoms dont work. But the same people pushing this issue are also trying 2 eliminate birth control. And take that away & thats gonna cause an eruption of problems! Myself, i would not have an abortion, but i dont condemn others!

    July 1, 2012 at 11:53 pm | Report abuse |
  15. A Tumor

    The rest of the world laughs at US b/c we are so fat and stupid.

    July 1, 2012 at 11:58 pm | Report abuse |
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