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Mississippi: Did You Know?

Did you know Mississippi has a law on the books that punishes unmarried pregnant women?

Section 97-29-11 of the Mississippi Code makes being the parent of an illegitimate child a misdemeanor, and requires that the State Health Department report out-of-wedlock births each month. The misdemeanor is punishable by “not less than thirty (30) days nor more than ninety (90) days or by a fine of not more than Two Hundred Fifty Dollars ($250.00), or both.” For repeat offenses, the jail time and fine double.  While this policy is not enforced, it is still valid law in Mississippi.



S.B. 2023, 2008 Reg. Sess. (Ms. 2008); Miss. Stat. Ann. § 97-29-11.

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