A federal judge has struck down a pro-life law in Mississippi that would ban abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy. The new abortion ban protects more unborn children than any other abortion ban in any other state.
Many states have approved abortion bans that protect unborn children after 20 weeks of pregnancy, which is the most they are able to do considering the Supreme Court refuses to allow states to ban abortions entirely. But Mississippi pushed the envelope by banning abortion starting at 15 weeks.
There is just one abortion clinic left in the state of Mississippi and it is located in the state capitol Jackson. As promised, it filed suit immediately after Mississippi’s Governor signed the new pro-life law. Now, a federal judge has overturned it.
U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves ruled Tuesday that it “unequivocally” violates women’s constitutional rights.
The only abortion clinic in Mississippi sued when Republican Gov. Phil Bryant signed the law March 19, and Reeves issued a temporary restraining order the next day to keep the state from enforcing the law.
The law and the responding lawsuit set up a confrontation sought by abortion opponents, who are hoping federal courts will ultimately prohibit abortions before a fetus is viable. Current federal law does not.