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. dazzle ©

    @Rascal Rabble, you've made your point on this repeatedly so move on.

    July 2, 2012 at 10:48 am | Report abuse |
  2. chrissy

    @ Bill, i am in total agreement with you! And this is the lst step in taking away birth control rights by the beaurocrats and it must be stopped! @ Rascal, you have a right 2 your beliefs just as everyone else has the right 2 not have them forced on them!

    July 2, 2012 at 11:42 am | Report abuse |
  3. banasy©

    One cannot legislate conscience, and one cannot force their own upon another.

    July 2, 2012 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rascal Rabble

      that is EXACTLY what obamacare does...with the supreme court backing...

      July 2, 2012 at 8:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rabble Rascal

      @Rascal Rabble.
      Exactly how does the Affordable Care Act do that?

      July 2, 2012 at 9:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Megan Grawe

      Using Obama's own words, "Everyone will pay for abortions" kind of changes the meaning of relgious freedom in this country! ...freedom has eluded us!

      July 5, 2012 at 4:55 am | Report abuse |
  4. spruce

    An abortion is a decision a women should may between her doctor and her God. And her Doctor had better not be associated with a religious dogma for absolute fairness...

    July 2, 2012 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Guitar Man

      An abortion should be a decision between the woman, her doctor, and her God.......

      I have to ask, why doesn't the baby inside the woman get a say?

      July 3, 2012 at 11:17 am | Report abuse |
    • Maya

      Because it is not a baby. It is a fetus, not a person.

      July 6, 2012 at 5:06 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Mary

    Who calls the shots on abortion laws?
    Why banasy, chrissy, and BOMBO, of course!

    July 2, 2012 at 10:10 pm | Report abuse |

    There is/are no such things as "Womens' Rights, there are only "Civil Rights".

    July 3, 2012 at 2:53 am | Report abuse |
  7. TIm

    If you disagree with abortions then don't get one.

    July 3, 2012 at 7:12 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Profbam

    Abortion rate in MS has gone down over the last ten years (Guttmacher Inst data), but self-reports have not changed. Some may be going to other states. But many are using misoprostol or alprostadil early in pregnancy, or cocaine later. Technology has passed this argument by: there are too many ways for a woman to abort without a clinic.

    July 3, 2012 at 10:24 pm | Report abuse |
  9. f4xtrafn

    The Pope and old white men ie.Republicans.

    July 5, 2012 at 4:39 am | Report abuse |
  10. anon

    This is just another reason that religion should be outlawed. For starters religion is hypocrisy in the fullest. They claim it is not ok to play god, But it is perfectly acceptable for a man to write down his hallucinations as the word of god. Just like they claim only god has the right to choose in the abortion fight yet according to most surveys these same pro-life supporters support the death penalty. Sure those people had their chance so to speak however according to your own faith only god has the right to choose. Finally I say to the religious nut jobs just remember you chose to believe like you chose to not have an abortion.

    July 5, 2012 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Maya

    I like the guy who says "suck it up and be a parent." Making parenthood into a punishment for perceived immorality is sick. It reveals the incredible hypocrisy of the "pro-life" types, who claim to believe that life is sacred. When something is sacred, you don't use it as a tool to satisfy your fetishistic need to morally condemn others. It is also completely unfair to the child that may be born. If every child born on this planet were wanted, social problems would be drastically lessened.

    July 5, 2012 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Ngoc

    People do not realize the dangers of having a child. Have you guys never heard of instances where the child could be killing the mother? If this was your wife, are you seriously about to let two people die than to consent the act of abortion? Do you know how inhumane you sound by denying such thing?

    July 6, 2012 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
  13. duckforcover

    I'd like to see an end to abortion. First I'd like to see all these haters help a newborn, adopt a crack baby or one of another color. Maybe they could pay to support a new mother in need. Why only care about babies until they are born?

    July 6, 2012 at 6:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cal Wellander

      Maybe if the people who who want to make aboration illegal were required to support and care for the babys who are born to mothers who are unable or do not want to, they might change their minds.

      July 11, 2012 at 9:04 pm | Report abuse |
  14. iamgrunge

    Your imaginary friend "god" has no place in laws. You do not have the right to doctrine the rights of others because you believe in a two thousand year old book. We are a nation founded on separation of church and state. Therefore, an argument based on religion is invalid in the eyes of the government.

    July 11, 2012 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Badua

    These same republicans refused to give insurance for everyone. So when these babies are born and they get sick what do they do? It means have them and the let them die slowly. Rear chrisitans do not do that.
    And then I thought they say they are for jobs. What does this got to do with jobs right now? Some of these ideas are just like Talibans–they want to control women. Who needs them. Those days are long gone. Republicans get it in your head.

    what does

    July 11, 2012 at 7:24 pm | Report abuse |
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