Update: this bill was assigned to a House Committee of the Judiciary on the same day it was introduced. On February 2, the bill was killed.
A bill introduced to the Mississippi State Legislature as House Bill 338 on January 18, 2021 by Dan Eubanks of the 25th District would amend sections of the existing state laws to define abortion as murder and to charge anyone that willfully causes an abortion with a felony. The bill was coauthored by Bradly Williamson of the 10th District.
Some of the objectives outlined in the text of the bill include:
Amend section 97-3-3, Mississippi Code of 1972, to provide that any person who willfully causes an abortion shall be guilty of a felony
Amend section 97-3-4, Mississippi code of 1972, to clarify that it shall be unlawful for any physician to perform an abortion or to perform an abortion that results in the delivery of a living child and to intentionally allow or cause the child to die
Amend section 97-3-5, Mississippi code of 1972, to increase the penalty for a person who advertises for medicine or tools that can be used in an unlawful abortion
Amend sections 41-41-39 and 41-41-73, Mississippi code of 1972, to provide that any person who performs or induces any abortion shall be guilty of murder.
Amend section 41-41-91, Mississippi code 1972, to provide that no public funds may be provided to any facility performing an abortion
In order to pass, this bill will require a majority vote. Should it pass, it would become effective on July 1, 2021.