MS law bans abortions past 15 weeks gestation

22 March, 2018, 02:08 | Author: Conrad Doyle
  • Mississippi law bans abortions past 15 weeks gestation

A federal judge on Tuesday temporarily blocked Mississippi's new abortion law - the most restrictive in the country - saying it's likely to be found unconstitutional. The measure is called the Gestational Age Act.

Supporters of the pro-choice movement and the Jackson Women's Health Organization on the 40th anniversary of Roe v Wade in 2013.

A federal judge will consider a request to block a MS law banning most abortions after 15 weeks of gestation less than 24 hours after the law took effect.

MS passed the law after the U.S. Senate rejected a measure that would have banned abortion after 20 weeks.

The law took effect immediately, leading the state's last abortion facility to sue nearly as rapidly.

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After signing the bill, the governor wrote on Twitter, "I am committed to making MS the safest place in America for an unborn child, and this bill will help us achieve that goal".

Republican Gov. Phil Bryant signed the bill into law Monday afternoon, saying MS is "saving more of the unborn than any state in America". This is typically considered between 24 to 26 weeks gestation, the group said.

In 2016, lawmakers more than doubling the mandatory waiting period for women seeking abortions from 24 hours to 72 hours, a move that is now being challenged in court.

The law's only exceptions are if a fetus has health problems making it "incompatible with life" outside of the womb at full term, or if a pregnant woman's life or a "major bodily function" is threatened by pregnancy.

Women's Health Organization only performs abortions up to 16 weeks of gestation. He says MS is "saving more of the unborn than any state in America".

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The law and responding challenge set up a confrontation sought by abortion opponents, who are hoping federal courts will ultimately prohibit abortions before a fetus is viable. Soon after signing the bill, the governor tweeted: "I was proud to sign House Bill 1510 this afternoon".

"The law threatens immediate, irreparable harm to Mississippians" abilities to control their "destiny and. body, '" District Judge Carlton Reeves wrote in his brief, two-page decision on Tuesday. John Milkovich, would keep much of the state's existing abortion laws intact, including a sentence of up to 10 years of hard labor imprisonment and fines ranging between $10,000 to $100,000 for abortion providers.

Three clinics in Louisiana perform abortions and the process to access the procedure has been heavily regulated by state lawmakers.

Republican Gov. Phil Bryant made the comments while he signed the law Monday in a closed ceremony, according to a video his office posted to social media. The suit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of MS and listed both the Jackson Women's Health Organization and the abortion provider's resident physician, Dr. Sacheen Carr-Ellis, as plaintiffs.

If approved, it is unclear how Louisiana's 15-week abortion ban would hold up in court. There are no exceptions for incidents of rape or incest.

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