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

June 23 2018, 04:37 | Irvin Gilbert

Residents have varying reactions about House Bill 1510. Source WLBT

Residents have varying reactions about House Bill 1510. Source WLBT

Republican Gov. Phil Bryant signed the bill into law Monday afternoon, saying MS is "saving more of the unborn than any state in America". The state's only abortion clinic, the Jackson Women's Health Organization, filed a complaint in United States District Court for Mississippi's Southern District and is seeking a preliminary injunction to prevent officials from enforcing the act.

Reeves did not rule from the bench but granted the temporary restraining order about an hour later. Echoing a phrase Bryant often uses, Reeves added that he is committed to making the state "the safest place in America for an unborn child".

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.

The governor was in a jovial mood as he signed the bill into law.

Reeves said in court that the "ultimate question" is whether a state can ban abortion before viability.

The Institute has been particularly critical of efforts underway in the United States by various state authorities to undermine access to abortion services which, it claims put 57 percent of child-bearing age American women in states hostile or extremely hostile to abortion rights, compared to 30 percent living in states which are highly supportive.

Republican Gov. Phil Bryant signed House Bill 1510 on Monday afternoon.

Residents have varying reactions about House Bill 1510. Source WLBT
Residents have varying reactions about House Bill 1510. Source WLBT

The clinic argues in the lawsuit that it performed 78 abortions in 2017 that took place 15 weeks or longer into the pregnancy. He told The Associated Press he is proud MS is taking steps to protect "the most vulnerable of human life:" the unborn. "It is in states like MS where the greatest progress toward righting it is being made", she added.

"Under decades of United States Supreme Court precedent, the state of MS can not ban abortion prior to viability, regardless of what exceptions are provided to the ban", the complaint reads.

The afternoon the bill was signed, a member of the 40 Days for Life prayer team stood at the entrance to Jackson Women's Health Organization.

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.

Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves said in an emailed statement that the law is a major step toward accomplishing Mississippi's goal to protect the lives of the unborn. Bryant has frequently said he wants MS to be the "safest place in America for an unborn child". 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. There are no exceptions for incidents of rape or incest.

The bill's definition of "severe fetal abnormality" is "a life-threatening physical condition that, in reasonable medical judgment, regardless of the provision of life-saving medical treatment, is incompatible with life outside the womb".

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