PBS has a documentary going that shows how abortion is disappearing from Mississippi.
The state of Mississippi now has only one abortion clinic. Over the past decade, the pro-life movement has shut down the others, one by one. Now the state’s last abortion clinic is in trouble and may close down by the end of the year.
“The Last Abortion Clinic,” a documentary on the PBS
show Frontline (Tuesday, Nov. 8, 9:00 p.m. ET) chronicles how this happened. The show’s bias is pro-abortion, clearly designed to alarm PBS viewers who consider abortion to be what the program calls “a fundamental right.” But pro-lifers will find the documentary encouraging. And it will give them ideas.
Mississippi has passed legislation on fetal homicide prosecution, new clinic regulations, requirements to report abortion complications, rights of conscience, and a law that would prohibit the state’s last abortion clinic from offering abortions beyond the first trimester. Americans United for Life (AUL), the nation’s oldest national pro-life organization, refers to this as the “Mississippi Miracle.” “We’re sending a very clear message that we do want to protect the unborn,” says Lt. Gov. Amy Tuck. “That’s why we’ve passed the legislation that we have, and it’s passed overwhelmingly. It’s bipartisan support. It’s Democrats and Republicans. … It’s the House of Representatives and the Senate. Mississippi is truly pro-life.”
With an ever-increasing number of state abortion regulations and a steady decline in abortion providers, the procedure, while still legal, has become daunting and expensive in many states. In Mississippi, Medicaid offers support for women seeking to continue with an unintended pregnancy, but no state funds or facilities may be used for abortion services. In the last decade, all but one clinic providing pregnancy terminations in the state have closed. The last abortion clinic, in Jackson, is difficult to access for women outside the capital who do not own a car, who have limited funds for gas or who cannot easily take time off from work or child care responsibilities.
As Rob over at sayanythingblog.com rightly points out– it is obvious that the people of this state do not want abortion, and yet it is (now just in theory) forced on them. If this isn’t more of an indication that Row vs. Wade should be overturned, I don’t know what is. Of course, with all this attention, it is probably just a matter of time before someone says that Mississippi has placed undue burden on women seeking abortion for exactly what the link said about not able to get funds for gas, etc.
Praise the Lord for the lives saved!