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AUL honors Mississippi legislators for passing opt-out bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. – (8/24/10) – Americans United for Life honored five key Mississippi state legislators for demonstrating leadership as the state moved to opt-out of the abortion mandate in the new federal health care law.

“In Mississippi, most elected officials say they are ‘pro-life’ but what we really need is leadership,” said AUL Mississippi State Director Terri Herring, who presented the awards to legislators. “Those who were given this award provided more than just lip service, they actually led the charge to protect the public trust by preventing our tax dollars from providing for the destruction of human life in the name of health.”

Because Mississippi’s legislative session was drawing to a close, introducing a bill under the normal rules was impossible. Thanks to the leadership of Lt. Gov. Phil Bryant, Sens. Alan Nunnelee and Billy Hewes, and Reps. Philip Gunn and Andy Gipson, both chambers suspended their rules to consider the bill and it passed overwhelmingly.

“I appreciate the award from AUL and will continue the fight to make Mississippi the most pro-life state in the nation,” said Lt. Governor Phil Bryant. “The passage of legislation like the Federal Abortion Mandate Opt-Out Act ensures taxpayer monies will not be used in these horrible acts.”

For more information, visit http://www.aul.org/initiative/opt-out/.