In today’s Commercial Appeal, Sen. Beverly Marrero says it’s time to get serious about issues impacting women.
The Senate and the House this week are scheduled to take up a bill that would require a sign to be “conspicuously” posted in the patient waiting areas of any medical office where an abortion could be performed that would say: “Notice: It is against the law for anyone, regardless of the person’s relationship to you, to coerce you into having or to force you to have an abortion. By law, we cannot perform an abortion on you unless we have your freely given and voluntary consent. It is against the law to perform an abortion on you against your will. You have the right to contact any local or state law enforcement agency to receive protection from any actual or threatened criminal offense to coerce an abortion.”
Lettering on the sign would be required to be “at least 40-point bold-faced type.”
The bill would fine clinics $2,500 and physicians $1,000 for every day the sign, with its massive lettering, was not properly posted in an office’s patient waiting areas