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Governor decries temporary block on abortion law

23 March 2018

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.

"We certainly think this bill is unconstitutional", said Katherine Klein, equality advocacy coordinator for the American Civil Liberties Union of Mississippi. Current federal law does not.

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.

Louisiana legislators may soon consider a proposal that bans abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy, following in the footsteps of MS lawmakers, who on Monday (March 19) signed a similar bill into law. Currently, Ohio bans abortions after 20 weeks post-fertilization, like 16 other states. "This is especially true for one woman scheduled to have a 15-week abortion this afternoon".

"The Supreme Court says every woman has a constitutional right to "personal privacy" regarding her body", Reeves wrote in his decision that quoted from the Supreme Court's 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling that banned states from outlawing abortion.

However, the law doesn't allow for exemptions in cases of rape or incest. Both states count pregnancy as beginning on the first day of a woman's previous menstrual period, meaning their restrictions kicked in about two weeks before those of states whose 20-week bans begin at conception.

"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.

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"It is worth fighting over", he said on Monday. 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.

Supporters of the pro-choice movement and the Jackson Women's Health Organization on the 40th anniversary of Roe v Wade in 2013.

"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 suit states.

"I was proud to sign House Bill 1510 this afternoon", Bryant said on Twitter.

"Politicians are not above the rule of law, and we are confident this unsafe bill will be struck down like every similar attempt before it", Center for Reproductive Rights President and CEO Nancy Northup said in a statement obtained by the AP. Clinic attorney Rob McDuff said a woman scheduled for an abortion Tuesday is at least 15 weeks pregnant. "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".

Cincinnati.com pointed out that the bill is unlikely to pass. OH governor John Kasich previously vetoed a bill that would have banned abortions after a fetus's heartbeat could be detected, which could be as early as six weeks.

Governor decries temporary block on abortion law