Today Mississippi may become the only state in which women cannot exercise their legal right to an abortion following new restrictions that could shut the only abortion clinic. Republican Gov. Phil Bryant, who has said that "the left's mission is to abort children," signed a bill stating that all doctors must be certified OB/GYNs and practice at a local hospital. While all are OB/GYNs, only one is associated with a local hospital; all of the doctors travel in from other states. The clinic can appeal, but in the meanwhile, if it stays open, the doctors could be fined $2,000 a day and arrested–factors which would force it to close. One recalls the May speech by Republican Mississippi state Representative Bubba Carpenter, lauding the law and, in reference to the "poor, pitiful women" who may start using coat hangers to self-abort, stating,"But hey, you have to have moral values. You have to start somewhere, and that’s what we've decided to do." Watch:
REP. BUBBA CARPENTER: [Y]ou have the other side. They're like, 'Well, the poor pitiful women that can't afford to go out of state are just going to start doing them at home with a coat hanger.' That's what we've heard over and over and over. But hey, you have to have moral values. You have to start somewhere, and that’s what we've decided to do.