Judge temporarily blocks MS law banning abortions after 15 weeks

Posted March 23, 2018

Just a day after MS enacted the nation's most restrictive abortion ban, a federal judge granted the state's only abortion clinic's request for a temporary restraining order.

The proposal in OH comes just as Bryant authorized legislation banning abortion after 15 weeks of pregnancy in MS, the earliest abortion ban in the country. The clinic, Jackson Women's Health Organization, quickly sued, arguing the law is unconstitutional because it bans abortion weeks before a fetus can survive outside the womb. Today, U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves put a temporary restraining order on the law Tuesday.

The legal complaint claimed the bill was unconstitutional and cited Roe v. Wade, the landmark Supreme Court ruling that invalidated certain state laws prohibiting abortion.

Bryant says the law is created to "make MS the safest place in America for an unborn child".

Bryant seemed to predict Tuesday's lawsuit, saying "We'll probably be sued here in about a half hour, and that'll be fine with me".

But abortion opponents praised the governor's signing of the bill Monday and Jameson Taylor of the Mississippi Center for Public Policy argued that it is legally sound.

The temporary block came as the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in National Institute of Family and Life Advocates v. Becerra, a case questioning whether pregnancy centers should inform clients of available abortion procedures.

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The bill will create the earliest ban on abortion in any state in the United States and will push back Mississippi's current limit by five weeks.

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.

Republican legislative leaders Lt. Gov Tate Reeves and House Speaker Philip Gunn both attended Bryant's private signing ceremony. "That right protects her choice "to have an abortion before viability.' States can not 'prohibit any woman from making the ultimate decision" to do so".

"We are saving more of the unborn than any state in America, and what better thing can we do?" "It is in states like MS where the greatest progress toward righting it is being made", she added. The woman previously underwent counseling more than 24 hours in advance, as required by a longstanding MS law.

The Center for Reproductive Rights maintains that the law violates "longstanding Supreme Court precedent".

McDuff said the law keeps women "from making their own decisions about whether to bear children". Anti-choice politicians have been laser-focused on enacting pre-viability abortion bans-a 20-week ban here, a six-week ban there-but all of them suffer the same problem: They're wildly unconstitutional. In fact, the only exceptions to law are if the fetus has an issue that is "incompatible with life" or if the mother's life or "major bodily function" would be threatened by carrying the pregnancy to full term.

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

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