Maddow interviews the Mississippi OB-GYN fired for being pro-choice

Last night,  Maddow covered the story of Dr. Carl Reddix, the doctor who’s been fired from the state board of health in Mississippi because he’s pro-choice.

Reddix is an African American Harvard and Johns Hopkins-trained doctor from Mississippi. As Maddow points out, Mississippi should be thrilled to have him on their state board of health. Given the state’s enormous public health problems, most notably infant mortality, Reddix is “a godsend.”

Reddix is also associated with an abortion clinic, Mississippi’s only remaining abortion clinic. As Maddow explains, if a woman is undergoing an abortion and something goes wrong, she will be rushed to hospital and put under the direct care of Reddix. So he can save her life. And for this association, the Republican Governor of Mississippi has removed Reddix from the state board of health.

Last night, Maddow interviewed Reddix and tried to find an explanation for the renewed and newly enthusiastic determination to restrict reproductive rights in this country. Neither one of them could come up with an explanation, but this interview is an upsetting demonstration of the other things that are being damaged and endangered as a result of that determination.

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Chloe Angyal is a journalist and scholar of popular culture from Sydney, Australia. She joined the Feministing team in 2009. Her writing about politics and popular culture has been published in The Atlantic, The Guardian, New York magazine, Reuters, The LA Times and many other outlets in the US, Australia, UK, and France. She makes regular appearances on radio and television in the US and Australia. She has an AB in Sociology from Princeton University and a PhD in Arts and Media from the University of New South Wales. Her academic work focuses on Hollywood romantic comedies; her doctoral thesis was about how the genre depicts gender, sex, and power, and grew out of a series she wrote for Feministing, the Feministing Rom Com Review. Chloe is a Senior Facilitator at The OpEd Project and a Senior Advisor to The Harry Potter Alliance. You can read more of her writing at

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  • Gone ii Ghana

    This is a true tragedy. I know Dr. Reddix personally and he is a great doctor. It is even more ssad that the state of Mississippi continues to let politics and personal matters get in the way of sound decision making.

  • Sarah

    Radical conservatism is anti-fact, anti-science and anti-medicine. Remember the warning labels on science books? Any logical, thinking person should be outraged that people like this are even permitted into public office at all, much less that they’re voted in.

  • May

    Engaging reading as usual, thanks ~ This is indeed a sad commentary on how double-edged the present system in place is, and as Rachel Maddow is a thorough journalist on the forefront of many social issues, I applaud her for highlighting for this particularly somber example. (her Meet The Press interview last week on gender discrimination was also excellent). As you’ve pointed out in this case, a doctor is deemed competent enough to save a patient’s life, but removed from this healing role if that same patient comes to him having engaged in a procedure that the state’s neo-conservative right has warranted immoral? This is precisely why now more than ever it is so very crucial for female leadership to take its overdue place in making legislative change for the betterment of all women. More on this particular issue is at