Sen. Chris McDaniel, R-Ellisville, was a co-author of Senate Bill 2238 and said he would like to see the issue have a full hearing on the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals instead of a three-judge panel.
McDaniel’s biggest problem with the bill is influenced by his views on the role of government, he says.
“Any time we allow government force to demand that Mississippi taxpayers donate to an organization whose beliefs they disagree with, I think that’s problematic,” he told the Jackson Free Press.
McDaniel says that the Medicaid code provision, which the Mississippi law was found to violate, depends on federal directives about how to use those federal dollars.
“By virtue of just using federal dollars to fund Medicaid, we basically give up local control, and that’s always part of the problem we have is when we rely on federal dollars to fund our programs, so much of it is contingent upon federal directives that stifle local control,” he said.
McDaniel said the fact that the Planned Parenthood clinic in Mississippi doesn’t offer abortion doesn’t change his view because all money flowing to these organizations is fungible. So while federal funding might not directly fund abortions, that money offsets the private money, which can go toward abortion.