Mississippi House passes what could be nation's most restrictive abortion law

Mississippi to pass the most restrictive law against abortion in the nation

Mississippi bans abortions after 15 weeks, no exception for rape or incest

It also calls for a record of injuries connected to an abortion procedure and requires that applicants seeking to open a new abortion clinic must disclose whether they had to close an earlier clinic due to safety or health concerns. The ruling offered no legal definition of viability, saying it could range between 24 and 28 weeks into a pregnancy. "Medical abortions up to 10 weeks gestational age, Dilation and Curettage-suction abortions, and induction abortions are procedures that women may utilize during the second trimester up to 20 weeks gestational age".

Critics of the bill say it's another example of government overreach.

On Monday, abortion-rights activists said the bill would ban the most common method of second-trimester abortions and warned its passage would provoke a courtroom challenge. One is protecting the health and life of the mother.

Meanwhile supporters of the bill say if anything, the bill would help increase the level of care women receive.

The likely hope of MS lawmakers is that one of the justices more favourable to abortion rights, such as Anthony Kennedy or Ruth Bader Ginsburg, will have stepped down by the time the state's case reaches the Supreme Court. It outlaws abortions after 15 weeks, except in the cases of a the pregnancy endangering the life of the woman or a "major bodily function", or severe fetal abnormality, meaning a life-threatening physical condition that would prevent it from surviving outside the uterus to full term. "House Bill 1510 will help us achieve that goal".

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Pro-abortion lawmakers have reportedly attempted to include a provision that would have allowed abortions after 15 weeks in cases of rape or incest, but the amendment failed.

Doug Hogan, a spokesman for the state Cabinet for Health and Family Services, said the abortion procedure the bill addresses was used in 537 of the 3,312 abortions performed in Kentucky in 2016.

It's unclear if a 15-week ban will move forward elsewhere. An appeals court in 2015 struck down efforts in North Dakota to ban most abortions after six weeks, when a fetus develops a detectable heartbeat, and in Arkansas after 12 weeks.

The state already bans abortion after 20 weeks, something lawmakers in MS have previously argued is necessary, pointing to junk "fetal pain" science. The clinic's owner, Diane Derzis, told local media that they plan to sue and fears the clinic will now have to refer people to out-of-state providers.

Taylor said the Alliance Defending Freedom, a Christian conservative legal advocacy group, was among those who vetted the bill's language. Abortion rights supporters are dubious that the outcome in MS would be any different. Gipson said lawmakers in Texas, Georgia, and "some Midwestern states" are exploring the idea.

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