Obama judge blocks Mississippi 15-week abortion ban

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Republican Gov. Phil Bryant signed House Bill 1510, which bans most abortions after 15 weeks of gestation, on Monday in a closed ceremony attended by legislative supporters and abortion opponents.

Bryant has said he aims to make MS the safest place in America for an unborn child, but the state is faring poorly when it comes to protecting infants and children.

Not only is banning abortions at 15 weeks unconstitutional, it's also a breach of a woman's right of choice.

U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves late Monday evening set a Tuesday morning hearing to consider the request for a temporary restraining order by the state's only abortion clinic.

In a March 16 podcast, Bryant had anticipated the suit against the new but said he expects to win in court, no matter how high the case goes in the courts. "I have repeatedly said, I want MS to be the safest place in America for an unborn child", Bryant said at the time.

If approved, it is unclear how Louisiana's 15-week abortion ban would hold up in court. Roe v Wade guaranteed Americans the right to privacy in the context of reproductive health, which by extension guarantees the right to seek an abortion before the fetus becomes viable. That's out of about 2,500 abortions performed statewide, mostly at the clinic.

I realize and respect that some libertarians are opposed to abortion except when a pregnant woman's life is endangered by bringing the pregnancy to term.

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Anti-abortion advocates praised the governor's signing of the bill and Jameson Taylor of the Mississippi Center for Public Policy argued that it is legally sound.

The lawsuit to overturn the new law was not unexpected.

House Bill 1510 does make exceptions when there are risks to the life or physical health of the mother, or fatal fetal anomalies. As recently as 2011, there were seven abortion providers in Louisiana, according to the Guttmacher Institute, a pro-abortion rights group that tracks state laws and abortion providers nationwide. "Courts have consistently struck down similar bans on abortion before viability as unconstitutional", the center said in a statement. Thus, a ban on abortion at fifteen weeks would grossly strip pregnant people of their constitutionally-granted reproductive freedoms, wrongly promote the idea that the fetus is capable of independent existence at this time, and completely fail to prevent abortions from happening at all.

In commending the state's lawmakers, Bishops Kopacz and Kihneman also criticized lawmakers in Congress who let the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act fail in the House of Representatives. Under Mississippi law, doctors who perform abortions must tell patients the informed-consent material is available if they want to see it. Whatever challenges we have to take on to do that, is something we're willing to do'.

MS has been known for being one of the most pro-life states, but this law solidifies the state's commitment to life even further.

The afternoon the bill was signed, a member of the 40 Days for Life prayer team stood at the entrance to Jackson Women's Health Organization.

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