Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves has just released a statement expressing support for any bills designed to end abortion in Mississippi. We've been hearing speculation that the Senate, and Reeves in particular, planned to kill anti-abortion legislation from the House, especially since several Senate anti-abortion bills died in committee.
HB 1196, the "fetal heartbeat bill," is in the Judiciary B and Public Health and Welfare committees. HB 1390, which Reeves references in his statement, is in the Public Health and Welfare Committee. Sen. Hob Bryan, D-Amory, chairs Jud B, and Sen. Dean Kirby, R-Pearl, chairs Public Health and Welfare.
A spokeswoman for Reeves was not immediately available for comment. The statement is below, verbatim.
[i]STATEMENT OF LT. GOV. REEVES ON PRO-LIFE BILLS
“We are very close to ending abortion in Mississippi, and I support all the pro-life bills that will do just that, particularly House Bill 1390 that should effectively close the only abortion clinic in Mississippi. I have assigned the pro-life House Bills to the same committees as the House. I have encouraged each chairman to give careful consideration to each bill.”[/i]