On Monday, Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant signed into law legislation which bans abortions after 15 weeks.
The law does not provide exemptions for rape or incest and is likely to face legal challenges, Washington Examiner reports. Some exemptions however are provided in the law: if the child would be unable to survive outside the womb or if the mother’s life is threatened.
Per ABC News:
Republican Gov. Phil Bryant signed House Bill 1510 on Monday afternoon. It becomes law immediately and bans most abortions after 15 weeks’ gestation. Bryant has frequently said he wants Mississippi to be the “safest place in America for an unborn child.”
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.
— World News Tonight (@ABCWorldNews) March 19, 2018
As Bryant was signing the bill, he said “Mississippi was leading the nation in saving the unborn and protecting religious freedoms.”
“We are saving more of the unborn than any state in America,” the governor also said. “And what better thing could you do?”
“We are probably going to be sued here in about a half hour,” Bryant said. “And that is fine with me.”
I was proud to sign House Bill 1510 this afternoon. I am committed to making Mississippi the safest place in America for an unborn child, and this bill will help us achieve that goal. pic.twitter.com/O0O4QeILLx
— Phil Bryant (@PhilBryantMS) March 19, 2018
Here’s more, from Washington Examiner:
Shortly after Bryant signed the ban into law, the Center for Reproductive Rights filed a lawsuit on behalf of the only abortion clinic in the state, Jackson Women’s Health Organization. The clinic performs abortions up to 16 weeks and had pledged to sue.
The Center for Reproductive Rights is asking the court to block it from going into law, saying it was unconstitutional. It pointed to Roe v. Wade, the 1973 Supreme Court case that made abortion legal nationwide, to bolster its argument because the law specifies that states are not to ban abortions up to “fetal viability.”
According to the report, no other state has such a law.
Mississippi governor signs bill banning most abortions in the state after 15 weeks, effective immediately. It’s the most restrictive such law in the US. https://t.co/Qg50LzlUtp
— The Associated Press (@AP) March 19, 2018
And, via Fox News:
Mississippi previously tied with North Carolina for the nation’s strictest abortion limits at 20 weeks. Both states count pregnancy as beginning on the first day of a woman’s previous menstrual period. That means the restrictions kick in about two weeks before those of states whose 20-week bans begin at conception.
The state is bracing for immediate lawsuits. Abortion rights advocates say the law is unconstitutional because it limits abortion before fetuses can live outside the womb. The owner of Mississippi’s only abortion clinic in Jackson opposes the law and has pledged to sue.
It’s a great day in Mississippi as we move to make our state the safest place in the nation for an unborn child. I was proud to stand with members of the pro-life community as Gov. @PhilBryantMS signed the ban on abortions after 15 weeks of gestation. pic.twitter.com/xWQNgjyTUn
— Tate Reeves (@tatereeves) March 19, 2018