3/16/20 - Coronavirus Update | New Abortion Ban Bill | Byte Size Tech | Colorectal Screening
Updates on the coronavirus in Mississippi.
And, the House passes a new abortion bill.
Then, after a Byte Size Tech, how to screen for and prevent colorectal cancer.
After returning from a trip to Spain, Governor Tate Reeves addressed the people of Mississippi, and the growing concern over the novel coronavirus by issuing a State of Emergency Saturday.The Mississippi Department of Health has identified four new cases of COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus. Two of those cases have been reported in Hinds County, with one case each in Copiah and Pearl River Counties. The new cases bring the state total to ten. There are other reported cases in Forrest and Leflore Counties. To date, the Mississippi Department of Health has tested some 90 patients for COVID-19.
A bill to restrict abortions under certain circumstances is headed to the Mississippi Senate after House lawmakers passed the measure. House Bill 1295, referred to as the Life Equality Act, would ban abortions based on race, sex or genetic abnormalities unless there's a medical emergency. Republican Tracy Arnold of Booneville supported the bill. He tells our Desare Frazier abortion isn't restricted enough in Mississippi.
Opponents of the bill, like Democrat Senator Barbara Blackmon of Canton, call it draconian. She believes this, like the other attempts to restrict abortion, will pass through the legislature only to get caught up in the courts.
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March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness month. The second deadliest, cancer killer in the United States, colorectal cancer cases are too often the result of fear and avoidance of screening. Mississippi currently ranks 47th in the country for colorectal screening. Dr. Vonda Reeves, partner with GI Associates Endoscopy Center in Flowood, tells our Michael Guidry what that ranking means.