Mississippi enacts law banning most abortions after 15 weeks

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant

JACKSON, Miss. – The Mississippi Governor signed a law Monday, most of the abortion ban after 15 weeks of pregnancy, the tightest restrictions in the nation.

Republican Gov. Phil Bryant has often said he wants Mississippi to be the “safest place in America for an unborn child.”

House Bill 1510 are the only exceptions, if a fetus has health problems, so that it is “incompatible with life” outside the womb at full term, or if a pregnant woman or an “important body function” is threatened by the pregnancy. Pregnancies resulting from rape and incest are not excluded.

Mississippi so far, with North Carolina tied for the nation’s strictest abortion limits at 20 weeks. Both States count pregnancy from the first day of a woman’s previous menstrual period. This means that the limitations kick in for about two weeks before the member States whose 20-week bans start at conception.

The state is bracing for immediate actions. Abortion rights advocates say the law is unconstitutional because it limits abortion before the fetus living outside the uterus can. The owner of Mississippi, the only abortion clinic in Jackson, opposes the law and has undertaken to sue.

“We are sure that this law is unconstitutional,” said Katherine Klein, equality, advocacy coordinator for the American Civil Liberties Union of Mississippi. “The 15-weeks-marking has no impact in science. It is just completely unfounded and a court has never confirmed, all under the 20-week viability marker.”

The draft law was developed with the support of the conservative groups, including the Mississippi Center for Public policy and the Alliance defending freedom.

“We are thrilled that Mississippi legislators Jameson Taylor, Vice-President of the Mississippi Center for Public policy said a step for the protection of the fundamental right to life and protection of maternal health”,.

Both Republican-controlled chambers, the draft law mostly in the beginning of March, by a vote of 35-14 in the Senate and 76-34 in the house.

The U.S. Senate’s failed 20-week abortion ban bill in January. With 60 “Yes” votes are required to, the bill failed on a 51 to 46 vote.

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