Monday, June 10, 2013

Missisippi Loves Kids, Kinda

Lawdamercy, Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant loves the little children! That's why he signed the Child Protection Act, to safeguard our most precious resource. From the text of MS HB 151:
When an abortion is performed on a minor who is less than fourteen (14) years of age at the time of the abortion procedure, * * *shall preserve fetal tissue extracted during the abortion shall be collected in accordance with rules and regulations adopted pursuant to this section if it would be reasonable to suspect that the pregnancy being terminated is the result of a sex crime against a minor.
So now the state of Mississippi will be collecting the products of abortion and performing a paternity test on them without regard for the privacy rights of the child undergoing the abortion?

But wait, there's more.
(ii)  When a minor who is under sixteen (16) years of age gives birth to an infant, umbilical cord blood shall be collected, if possible, in accordance with rules and regulations adopted pursuant to this section if it would be reasonable to suspect that the minor's pregnancy resulted from a sex crime against a minor. 
(iii)  It shall be reasonable to suspect that a sex crime against a minor has occurred if the mother of an infant was less than sixteen (16) years of age at the time of conception and at least one (1) of the following conditions also applies: 
1.  The mother of the infant will not identify the father of the infant;  
2.  The mother of the infant lists the father of the infant as unknown; 
3.  The person the mother identifies as the father of the infant disputes his fatherhood; 
4.  The person the mother identifies as the father of the infant is twenty-one (21) years of age or older; or 
5.  The person the mother identifies as the father is deceased.
Now, I know you're thinking that these laws trample over a young woman's constitutional right to privacy and choice. Or maybe you're thinking that this law just stigmatizes pregnant teenagers and makes them even less likely to seek out medical care. But you only have to look at the state of Mississippi as a whole to know that Governor Bryant just wants to protect kids.

Mississippi is so concerned about establishing paternity that they come in dead last nationally on child support enforcement actions, with an estimated $1.1 billion in unpaid support.

This state loves babies so much that it's tied with Alabama for the highest infant mortality rate in the nation.

Governor Bryant knows why his state consistently ranks in the top 5 nationally for teenage pregnancy rates. No, not because of abstinence-only sex ed, it's because, "teenagers don't care enough" to use birth control.

And, if a crime has been committed, you know Mississippi will get their crack team of forensic scientists right on it. It's not like they have hundreds of rape kits from reported crimes just sitting there unanalyzed.
As a result of a combination of the reorganization and the willingness of existing MCL [Mississippi Crime Lab] staff to work extensive overtime for a concentrated period during the latter part of FY 2000, the case backlog was reduced by approximately 42%. When all of the positions created via the reorganization are filled, the MCL will be able to further reduce the case backlog, focus on further improving services and response time and position the laboratory to achieve national accreditation from the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors (ASCLD).
Can't you feel the love? Love needs no standards or accreditation.

Really, what can you expect from a state which will make a women pay for her own rape kit if she decides not to prosecute?

After a whole lotta googling, I'm not sure I can find a Mississippi charity that doesn't take an anti-choice position. I get queasy about giving to a charity that takes a faith-based approach to anything other than feeding the poor. So I'll give today to the Center for Reproductive Rights, which is fighting to keep the state's only remaining abortion provider open.
 

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