MS could test how soon state can restrict abortion

Frederick Owens
March 10, 2018

"The true motive of these politicians is to shut down the state's sole remaining abortion clinic and deny MS women the ability to make decisions about their health, families and lives and to access quality, compassionate abortion services that they need".

Pro-abortion-rights groups are voicing opposition to a MS bill that would ban abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy. But it does not have exceptions for circumstances like rape or incest.

The state House on Thursday approved what could become the nation's most restrictive abortion law by a vote of 75-34.

I am committed to making MS the safest place in America for an unborn child. She says the bill brings MS women "one risky step closer to losing their constitutional right to access abortion".

Attorney General Jim Hood says he expects legal challenges and noted that less-restrictive measures banning abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy have been struck down in other states.

"That's a decision best left to a woman", said Lewis, "and to her physician, her family, and her faith".

The state House and Senate passed a measure that prohibits abortions after 15 weeks, sending the bill to the governor's desk.

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In this June 30, 2015, file photo, Pam Miller, of Pro Life Mississippi, walks along the fence surrounding as she attempts to counsel a person entering the Jackson Women's Health Organization clinic near downtown Jackson, Miss.

MS now prohibits most abortions after 20 weeks. It would make the procedure illegal after 15 weeks of pregnancy.

MS now prohibits abortion after 20 weeks.

But states continue to try to restrict abortion before viability.

The bill passed on Tuesday in the Mississippi Senate, after lawmakers removed language imposing criminal penalties that would involve jail time.

The dismemberment abortion ban embodies model legislation from the National Right to Life Committee that would prohibit "dismemberment abortion", using forceps, clamps, scissors or similar instruments on a living unborn baby to remove him or her from the womb in pieces. One of the most recent is MS, where lawmakers are on the brink of approving a measure that would ban most abortions after 15 weeks. "It'll be the worst thing that we do here today", said State Sen.

Abortion opponents have been encouraged by a 2007 Supreme Court case, Gonzalez v. Carhart, that allowed bans on what some call partial-birth abortions, an abortion performed relatively late in pregnancy, in which the living fetus is extracted in stages through the birth canal.

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