- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 20, 2016

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - A bill headed to Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant says the state Medicaid program could not spend money with any facility that performs elective abortions.

Senate Bill 2238 (https://bit.ly/26fKvWN ) was originally was written to prohibit any Medicaid payments to Planned Parenthood.

But the final version of the bill, which passed the House on Saturday and the Senate on Wednesday, is more broadly written. It says Medicaid cannot spend money with any facility that provides elective abortions, or with any entity that’s affiliated with an abortion provider.

Planned Parenthood’s only clinic in Mississippi is in Hattiesburg, and it does not do abortions.

State law, for years, has already prohibited the use of tax dollars to pay for abortions.

Republican Bryant has long said that he hopes to end abortion in Mississippi.

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