Federal Court Temporarily Blocks 15-Week Abortion Ban in Mississippi

Republican Gov. Phil Bryant has frequently said he wants Mississippi to be the

Republican Gov. Phil Bryant has frequently said he wants Mississippi to be the"safest place in America for an unborn child

A federal judge is temporarily blocking a new MS law that bans abortion after 15 weeks, the most restrictive abortion law in the United States.

According to the research, only just over half of women in poor and under-developed countries have access to pregnancy-related medical services, while two thirds having such access in lower-middle income countries and almost 95 percent access in upper-middle income states.

Mississippi's only abortion clinic is asking a federal judge to block a law banning most abortions after 15 weeks of gestation, taking that step less than 24 hours after the law took effect.

Dr. Sacheen Carr-Ellis, medical director of Jackson Women's Health Organization, argues in the lawsuit that viability varies from pregnancy to pregnancy depending on the health of the mother and the fetus, but that "no fetus is viable after 15 weeks of pregnancy".

"A woman who is pregnant should have the ability to make the decision that is best for her about the course of her pregnancy, based on her own values and goals for her life", Carr-Ellis said in the statement.

Reeves said in his order that the MS law "places viability at 15 weeks - about two months earlier than where the medical consensus places it".

Bryant, a longtime opponent of abortion rights, signed "The Gestational Age Act" into law on Tuesday, which bans abortion after 15 weeks of pregnancy, just before the end of the second trimester.

The Jackson Women's Health Organization was assisted by the pro-abortion Center of Reproductive Rights in filing its lawsuit.

The suit says the clinic performed 78 abortions in 2017 when the fetus was identified as being 15 weeks or older.

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Women's Health Organization only performs abortions up to 16 weeks of gestation.

She continued, "Our nation's permissive regime of abortion on-demand at any point in pregnancy established in Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton has made the United States a global outlier and does not reflect the will of most Americans - especially where late-term abortions are concerned".

Clinic owner Diane Derzis told The Associated Press that the woman was able to have the abortion Tuesday after Reeves temporarily blocked the law.

Republican Gov. Phil Bryant signed a bill Monday, and it became law immediately.

House Speaker Philip Gunn was present for Bryant's signing. He says MS is "saving more of the unborn than any state in America".

The U.S. Senate failed to pass a 20-week abortion ban bill in January.

"A brief delay in enforcing a law of dubious constitutionality does not outweigh that harm, and in fact serves the public's interest in preserving the freedom guaranteed by the United States Constitution", Reeves said in his order.

After signing the bill, the governor wrote on Twitter, "I am committed to making MS the safest place in America for an unborn child, and this bill will help us achieve that goal". The woman previously underwent counseling more than 24 hours in advance, as required by a longstanding MS law.

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