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“Initiative 41 would have been the same thing warmed over — proposing the same extreme agenda that would have allowed the government to interfere in personal and complex health care decisions that are best made by women and families,” she said.

Mississippi families “need better access to health care, education, and employment, not efforts that waste taxpayer time and money debating issues that Mississippians have already voted down,” she added.

The number of abortions in the United States has been falling slowly since its peak in the 1980s. In 2011, some 1 million abortions were performed, about the same as in 1975, according to the latest data from the Guttmacher Institute.

Public opinion polls find that most Americans support legal abortion with some restrictions, a position they have held consistently for decades.