03/29/2013 10:49 am ET Updated Mar 29, 2013

Terri Herring, Phil Bryant Board Of Health Appointee, Is Anti-Abortion Activist

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant (R) is going to great lengths to ensure his state has a pro-life voice.

Bryant nominated Terri Herring, a steadfast pro-life activist and director of the Pro-Life America Network, to sit on the Mississippi Board of Public Health, the Associated Press reported on Wednesday. The position would give Herring a say in policies affecting the state's only abortion clinic.

"Gov. Bryant believes Terri has been dedicated to women's health care for more than 20 years and will bring a balance to the Board of Health," Bryant's spokesman Mick Bullock said Wednesday. "This appointment will fill one of the six non-physician spots on the board."

Herring has been known for lobbying in favor of pro-life legislation. According to the Associated Press, she pushed for a bill that would ban abortions in pregnancies where a fetal heartbeat is detected.

"I am honored by the confidence Governor Bryant has placed in me to serve in this very important post," Herring in a statement, according to the Clarion-Ledger. "The past twenty six years of my life have been dedicated to health issues and health care, and I am pleased to have an opportunity to continue that as a member of the State Board of Health."

Bryant has proved to be a staunch opponent of abortion. Last April, he said he believes Democrats' "one mission in life is to abort children," and has passed legislation making abortions more difficult for doctors to legally perform.

Mississippi currently has only one abortion clinic, which Bryant has threatened to shut down. The clinic is scheduled for an April 18 license revocation hearing.



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