Published: Thu, March 22, 2018
Culture&Arts | By Merle Christensen

Governor decries temporary block on abortion law

Governor decries temporary block on abortion law

US District Judge Carlton Reeves signed a temporary restraining order that will prevent the state from enforcing the law for 10 days beginning Tuesday morning, arguing that the plaintiffs suing to overturn the law "are substantially likely to succeed on their claim" that the new law "is unconstitutional".

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Less than 24 hours after Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant signed the country's most restrictive abortion law, a court has put the state's new 15-week abortion ban on hold. He sought the restraining order because the new MS law would have prevented a 15-weeks pregnant woman from getting the procedure, which was scheduled Tuesday. The suit argued the bill strips women of options in a state where there are already very few, including one woman, who is at 15 weeks gestation and was scheduled to have an abortion Tuesday afternoon.

The 15-week ban 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.

House Bill 1510 was signed into law by Gov. Phil Bryant on Monday, making MS the state with the earliest abortion ban in the nation.

Mississippi's governor says that by enacting a law that bans most abortions after 15 weeks of gestation, the state is "saving more of the unborn than any state in America, and what better thing can we do?"

The case was brought by the Jackson Women's Health Organization, the only remaining abortion clinic in MS, and Dr. Sacheen Carr-Ellis, who practices there. Current federal law does not.

"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".

Bryant tweeted that he was "committed to making MS the safest place in America" for fetuses. "The law threatens immediate, irreparable harm to Mississippians" abilities to control their "destiny and ... body, '" Reeves wrote, citing Whole Woman's Health v. Hellerstedt.

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Mississippi's governor has signed the nation's tightest abortion restrictions into law.

Dr. Sacheen Carr-Ellis, in a sworn statement, says she'll have to stop providing abortions to women past the 15 week ban, or else lose her MS medical license, as House Bill 1510 requires.

Opponents of a new MS law banning most abortions after 15 weeks of gestation have filed a lawsuit.

McDuff said the law keeps women "from making their own decisions about whether to bear children".

House Bill 1510 does make exceptions when there are risks to the life or physical health of the mother, or fatal fetal anomalies.

If approved, it is unclear how Louisiana's 15-week abortion ban would hold up in court. Pregnancies resulting from rape and incest aren't exempted.

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

Women's Health Organization only performs abortions up to 16 weeks of gestation.

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