Miss. Doctor Blocked From Health Board Over Abortion Clinic Ties; Gov. Bryant Abortion Remark Draws Attention

April 26, 2012 — Mississippi Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves (R) on Tuesday blocked a nomination to the 11-member state Board of Health because the candidate has ties to the state's only abortion clinic, AP/NECN reports.

Carl Reddix, an ob-gyn in Jackson, Miss., was appointed to the board last summer by then-Gov. Haley Barbour (R). Barbour sent the nomination to the Senate for confirmation in January. AP/NECN reports that it is not unusual for a person to serve on the board before being confirmed.

Reeves blocked the nomination because of Reddix's affiliation with Jackson Women's Health Organization. Reddix said his affiliation with the clinic is "very loose" and that he has admitting privileges in case any patient from the clinic needs care in a hospital. He said, "I just take care of their complications if they have any. And they have had very, very few" (AP/NECN, 4/25).

The move comes just days after Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant (R) signed into law a measure that could cause the clinic to close. The law requires any physician providing abortion care at the facility to be an ob-gyn with admitting privileges at a local hospital (Women's Health Policy Report, 4/17).

Mick Bullock, a spokesperson for Bryant, said that the governor intends to make another nomination for the board (AP/NECN, 4/25).