I have to admit I am thankful Mississippi is passing this law because there are so many children who become victims of sexual abuse.
House Bill 16 known as the child protection act will require a time limit for mandatory reporting of alleged and suspected abuse as well as a time limit that requires the details of the crime to be reported.
This is an essential tool to help law enforcement agencies fight crimes against children. I applaud this bill as I am an advocate against crimes involving women and children. There have been so many sad cases where the system failed to protect a child and the child ended up dying at the hands of the abuser.
I am fully confident this bill will change that. I feel this bill is aimed to protect all of the children of our state and to protect them and their interest. Our current Governor works hard to make bills that help the people of our state and I applaud his efforts.
This is a direct quote from the governors website that tells what happens to an offender who violates the order: "Reports must be made within 48 hours of the suspected abuse being brought to the reporting party’s attention. The legislation states that failure to report suspected abuse is a misdemeanor punishable by a fine of not more than $5,000, imprisonment in jail not more than one year or both.
The Child Protection Act further states that a physician who performs an abortion on a minor who is younger than 14 years of age must preserve a fetal tissue sample for DNA analysis. The sample will be submitted to the Bureau of Investigation or the Department of Public Safety for DNA testing to help determine the identity of the father. Failure of a physician to comply will constitute unprofessional conduct and will be a misdemeanor punishable by a fine of not more than $5,000, imprisonment in jail or both."
I think this is the best part of the bill because it protects young girls from being abused and raped by older men who would take them to get an abortion. Please check out the governors website to read about the bill in its entirety.