Governor decries temporary block on abortion law

Mississippi bans abortions at 15 weeks, earliest in the nation

Mississippi bans abortions at 15 weeks, earliest in the nation

MS only has one medical facility that performs abortions in the state, Jackson Women's Health, and the clinic has vowed to fight the new law.

"House Bill 1510 protects maternal health and will further our efforts to make MS the safest place in America for an unborn child". The Jackson Women's Health Organization did not perform abortions past 16 weeks, according to clinic owner Diane Derzis.

Reeves did not rule from the bench but granted the temporary restraining order about an hour later, noting that clinic lawyers said a woman at least 15 weeks pregnant was scheduled to have an abortion Tuesday afternoon.

U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves on Tuesday granted a temporary restraining order requested by the state's only abortion clinic.

The law bans abortion earlier than any other law now in effect, a fact Bryant, a Republican, proudly touted on social media.

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An AP report said that abortion opponents have sought the legal confrontation, hoping that federal courts will ultimately prohibit abortions before an unborn child is viable. It's already gotten a judge to block the new law.

Reeves said in his order that the MS law "places viability at 15 weeks - about two months earlier than where the medical consensus places it". The Mississippi measure is specifically created to challenge those rulings, trying to get courts to rule states can restrict abortion before viability.

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".

There is just one abortion clinic left in the state of MS and it is located in the state capitol Jackson. A federal judge on Tuesday (March 20) approved a temporary restraining order halting the MS bill banning abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy from going into effect.

The suit says the clinic performed 78 abortions in 2017 when the fetus was identified as being 15 weeks or older.

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Paul Barnes, a special assistant to the attorney general, said that as gestational age increases so does the risk to women. The woman previously underwent counseling more than 24 hours in advance, as required by a longstanding MS law.

He said he expected a swift legal challenge, and indeed, the abortion clinic, the Jackson Women's Health Organisation, filed a complaint in the US District Court for Mississippi's Southern District less than an hour after he signed the bill into law.

Mississippi, a relatively poor state, has the highest infant mortality rate and worst overall ranking in the nation for children and infant care, according to the 2018 Health of Women and Children report published earlier this month by America's Health Rankings, which has been publishing an annual state-by-state assessment for almost 30 years, according to Newsweek.

A physician at Mississippi's only abortion clinic states in court papers that a woman 15 weeks or more pregnant is scheduled for a Tuesday abortion.

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