Days after he signed a law that would effectively shut down his state's only remaining abortion-performing clinic, Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant accused Democrats of having one mission in life: "to abort children."
"The hypocrisy of the left that now tried to kill this bill, that says that I should have never signed it, the true hypocrisy is that their one mission in life is to abort children, is to kill children in the womb," Bryant told conservative radio host Tony Perkins on Tuesday.
Bryant touted the bill, which increases the requirements for doctors to legally perform abortions, as the "the first step" in ending abortions in Mississippi, a goal the governor campaigned on.
"We passed that bill and I think you'll see other states follow," Bryant said Tuesday in a video of the radio show segment posted by Right Wing Watch. "And when that happens, at least these fly-in abortionists are going to be regulated under the state laws of the Medical Procedures Act here in the state of Mississippi, as they should be across the nation."
The recently-signed bill to crack down on Mississippi abortion providers is one of the most stringent to be passed by a state. It requires all doctors who perform abortions to be certified in obstetrics and gynecology and have admitting privileges at a local hospital.
Opponents of the law claim it "endangers women's health."
"Make no mistake, this law is based on a political agenda, not medical necessity," said Planned Parenthood's president, Cecile Richards, in a statement following the law's passage last week. "Politicians are again trying to reach into complex personal decisions with a bill that could have very broad consequences for women's health."