MS governor signs 15-week abortion ban; clinic files suit

Republican Gov. Phil Bryant has frequently said he wants Mississippi to be the

Mississippi law bans abortions past 15 weeks gestation

Saying that he was "saving the unborn", governor Phil Bryant of MS signed into law on Monday a measure that would ban nearly all abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy. The clinic argued in its request to put the law on hold that it would have an immediate effect on at least one woman who is scheduled to undergo an abortion at 15 weeks Tuesday afternoon, in requesting the temporary restraining order. The state's only abortion clinic and one of the physicians who practices there sued in federal court within an hour, arguing the law violates other federal court rulings saying a state can't restrict abortion before a child can survive on its own outside the womb. "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 a bill Monday, and it became law immediately.

Cincinnati.com pointed out that the bill is unlikely to pass. OH governor John Kasich previously vetoed a bill that would have banned abortions after a fetus's heartbeat could be detected, which could be as early as six weeks.

U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves on Tuesday granted a temporary restraining order requested by the state's only abortion clinic. The measure is the most restrictive abortion law in the United States. Although Mississippi was already among the states with a 20-week ban, until the enactment of this latest bill, the cutoff time for abortions at the Jackson clinic was 16 weeks. The state's only abortion clinic quickly sued.

Dr. Willie Parker, board chair of Physicians for Reproductive Health, said in a statement that the legislation in MS is unconstitutional, and illustrates how women in the South are being denied access to reproductive care. He told The Associated Press he is proud MS is taking steps to protect "the most vulnerable of human life:" the unborn.

"I was proud to sign House Bill 1510 this afternoon", Bryant said on Twitter. He asked: "Does the state have the right to trump the woman's right to have control over her decisions, over her body?"

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Derzis said she was "delighted" Reeves temporarily blocked the law.

A federal judge in MS will hear arguments Tuesday over whether he should block the nation's most restrictive abortion law less than 24 hours after it took effect.

McDuff said the law keeps women "from making their own decisions about whether to bear children". Anti-abortion activists and legislatures often push restrictive new legislation with the understanding that they will face legal challenges in the hopes of taking those cases to the Supreme Court, where they could have a chance at chipping away at national abortion policy.

If approved, it is unclear how Louisiana's 15-week abortion ban would hold up in court.

However, the law doesn't allow for exemptions in cases of rape or incest.

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.

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