April 15, 2016
Today, Gov. Phil Bryant signed House Bill 519 which outlaws a commonly used second-trimester abortion procedure called dilation and evacuation. The bill also outlines tools that cannot be used to perform an abortion.
Dawn Laguens, Executive Vice President of Planned Parenthood Federation of America released this verbatim statement in response to the signing of the bill:
“Planned Parenthood and health care providers across the country are deeply concerned with this legislation. This bill is not based in medicine, Governor Bryant just signed a clear attack on women’s health care as part of a plan to ban abortion across the board. Planned Parenthood will continue to fight to protect the rights of our patients and their access to safe medical care, no matter what.
“Let’s be clear that the true intent of this legislation is not to protect women. This type of law does nothing to make abortion safer for women and is nothing more than elected officials playing doctor by legislating medical procedures,” said Felicia Brown-Williams, Director of Public Policy for Planned Parenthood Southeast. The legislators who supported this bill clearly do not trust women to make these very personal decisions in real life situations.”