April 2, 2013 — Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant (R) on Monday announced he will withdraw his nomination of antiabortion-rights activist Terri Herring to serve on the state Board of Health, the AP/ABC News reports. However, a spokesperson for the governor said he might nominate her again if there are other vacancies.
The decision to drop the nomination came after the Associated Press reported that Herring's appointment would not satisfy a state law requiring that the board's 11 members come from certain areas of the state. The board already has the required number of members from central Mississippi -- where Herring lives -- and needs a member from the northern part of the state.
Mick Bullock, Bryant's spokesperson, said the nomination was withdrawn "to avoid any legal uncertainty," adding, "It is Gov. Bryant's intention to recommend Mrs. Herring for a future position on the Board of Health when there is an opening in her district."
State Sen. David Blount (D) -- a member of the state Senate Public Health Committee -- said he heard from several ob-gyns who opposed Herring's appointment. "I hope the governor will consider physicians who deal with women's health, as well as public health professionals, in his next appointment," Blount added (Wagster Pettus, AP/ABC News, 4/2).