Gov. Phil Bryant has nominated staunch pro-life activist Terri Herring, national director for the Pro-Life America Network, to sit on the Mississippi Board of Public Health.
The 11-member board, according to its website, provides policy direction for the Mississippi Department of Health, appoints a state health officer to operate the agency; approves the state health plan; and approves all rules and regulations of the agency.
Most of the board members are doctors and nurses. All of them are gubernatorial appointees that serve for six years.
Herring, who apparently has no medical background, would replace Dr. Ellen P. Williams.
Last year, Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves blocked Gov. Haley Barbour's nomination to the board, OB/GYN Dr. Carl Reddix, because of Reddix' tenuous ties to the Jackson Women's Health Organization.
The Senate will hold nominating hearings, which are open to the public, next week.