Herring is a staunch supporter of anti-abortion movements and the director of Pro-Life America. Critics say she has no medical background and should not be on the board that could shut down the state's only abortion clinic.
JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -
Governor Phil Bryant's nomination to the State Board of Health is drawing criticism. Now, he and his nominee, Terri Herring, are firing back.
Herring is a staunch supporter of anti-abortion movements and the director of Pro-Life America.
Critics say she has no medical background and should not be on the board that could shut down the state's only abortion clinic. Bryant says Herring has dedicated her life to women's health care issues and could provide new insight on the board.
"The legislature, many years ago, set up that board and says this does not have to be someone with a health care background. People who come from the outside often bring different viewpoints as a citizen to the board of health and health care on this issue," said Bryant.
The state Senate will have to approve her nomination with a majority vote, no word yet on when that might happen.
Via a spokesman, Herring released a statement Thursday:
"I am honored by the confidence Governor Bryant has placed in me to serve in this very important post," said Herring. "The past 26 years of my life have been dedicated to health issues and health care, and I am pleased to have an opportunity to continue that as a member of the State Board of Health."
Herring and husband Clint own TrustCare in Ridgeland. TrustCare is a medical provider, specializing in walk-in urgent care, and occupational medicine. The Herrings have run the Kerioth Corporation, a family-owned real estate and development company since 1984. They are also partnered with St. Dominic Hospital to promote fitness through "The Club," with locations across the Metro and one in Hernando.
Sister Dorothea Sondgeroth, Associate Executive Director of St. Dominic Health Services, recommended Herring and called her an "outstanding nominee." Sondgeroth said Herring has been a key asset in promoting women's health issues and healthy living in Mississippi.
"Terri is a devoted mother and knows the importance of women's health and has been heavily involved in community efforts that enhance family life and women's health," said Sondgeroth. "I have known Terri for sixteen years and have worked with her as she championed the cause of protecting women's and infants health and well-being."
Herring has assisted young pregnant women across Mississippi through pregnancy resource centers to receive prenatal education, medical care, and financial assistance. She distributes $200,000 annually to resource centers across the state as founder and President of the Choose Life Advisory Committee.
Herring has been a featured speaker on women's health issue in articles and on television across the globe. She is sought after as an advocate for women's health, and on the subjects of fetal mortality, abstinence and reproductive education."
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