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Governor wants anti-abortion supporter on Health Board

RIDGELAND — Gov. Phil Bryant has nominated anti-abortion activist Terri Herring of Ridgeland for a six-year term on the state Board of Health.

Herring’s is one of several nominations awaiting consideration in the Senate Public Health and Welfare Committee.

If confirmed by a majority of the Senate, Herring would serve this July 1 through June 30, 2019.

Republican Bryant nominated her to succeed Ellen Williams of Senatobia, who is a registered nurse and has a doctorate degree.

Herring has lobbied for years to tighten abortion laws in Mississippi. As head of Pro Life America Network, she is pushing this year for a bill that would put new restrictions on abortion-inducing drugs.

Democratic Sen. Deborah Dawkins, who supports abortion rights, says she wants to know whether Herring is qualified to serve.

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  1. In years past I’ve had occassion to pay close attention to the actions of this board and I’m not too sure our governor is doing what’s best when he chooses someone holding such strong positions on any activity the board may have to act on. Perhaps someone more clinical and less emotional would be better.

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