“We’ve seen a massive increase in the number of women who have had syphilis during pregnancy and babies born with syphilis including severe outcomes and deaths, so it’s very tragic,” Dr. Thomas Dobbs said.
Many of Mississippi's hospitals are emptying. Service lines are being discontinued, and full floors have been shuttered — for some, to preserve costs, but also because hospitals increasingly lack the staff.
A bill to prohibit gender-affirming care for children is a signature away from becoming law. Passed by the House and Senate, it now sits on Gov. Tate Reeves’ desk. The bill has been controversial, sparking protests.