Mississippi Rep on Abortion Being Illegal: “Let Women Use Coat Hangers”

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Mississippi GOP state Rep. Bubba Carpenter voiced his satisfaction that a recent anti-abortion law will potentially shut down the last abortion clinic in the state, even if it means that women kill themselves using coat-hangers, reports the Huffington Post.

“We have literally stopped abortion in the state of Mississippi. Three blocks from the Capitol sits the only abortion clinic in the state of Mississippi. A bill was drafted. It said, if you would perform an abortion in the state of Mississippi, you must be a certified OB/GYN and you must have admitting privileges to a hospital. Anybody here in the medical field knows how hard it is to get admitting privileges to a hospital…

“It’s going to be challenged, of course, in the Supreme Court and all — but literally, we stopped abortion in the state of Mississippi, legally, without having to–  Roe vs. Wade. So we’ve done that. I was proud of it. The governor signed it into law. And of course, there you 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. This became law and the governor signed it, and I think for one time, we were first in the nation in the state of Mississippi.”

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The video was flagged by The Maddow Blog‘s Laura Conway who contacted Carpenter to get clarity on his statement. This is what he had to say:

“That was what a lot of our critics on the House floor said during the debate,” he told me. “That was just some language that some of the African-Americans used.” A few white Democrats also spoke out about the old “home remedies,” he remembered, but in the end the measure passed with support from several Democrats.

According to the book, “Our Body, Ourselves: Boston Women’s Health Care Collective,” in 1969, prior to the 1973 passage of Roe vs. Wade, seventy-five percent of women of color were forced by poverty or stigma to attain illegal abortions. Fast-forward to 2012, in a state riddled with educational disparities, entrenched racism and poverty that disproportionately affects Black Americans, I wouldn’t be surprised to see a number that problematic again.

Mississippi: The State that is willing to allow women to die so its politicians can feel “moral.”

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