Mississippi Passes, Virginia Rejects D&X Restrictions
The Mississippi House passed a bill on February 13th which would ban the D&X abortion procedure unless the woman's life is danger. The ban would also make doctors who perform the procedure liable to criminal damages and a fine of $25,000. The doctor could also be liable for civil damages if sued by the father or woman's parents if she is underage.
The Virginia House voted to pass a similar bill, but it died in a Senate committee yesterday when Democrat Emily Couric changed her vote at the last minute. Couric had previously voted for the bill, but asked for another vote and then voted against it. She feared that anti-abortion lawmakers would amend the bill on the Senate floor to impose the ban even if the woman's life was at stake and to also impose restrictions on other types of abortions.
Media Resources: The Nando Net - February 14, 1997; Reuters - February 12, 1997