Mississippi's only abortion clinic sues state over nation's most restrictive ban

Mississippi governor signs strictest U.S. abortion bill

Phil Bryant (R) signed the ban into law earlier Monday. "There are only a few clinics left to serve patients who need abortion care even as we speak, and with HB 1510 targeting the lone remaining clinic in MS, a scarce health service will become even more so".

Phil Bryant (R) on Monday signed a law-HB 1510-that bans abortion after 15 weeks' gestation.

U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves issued the temporary restraining order in response to a lawsuit filed on behalf of the Jackson Women's Health Organization, the state's only abortion provider. A judge was holding a hearing on blocking the law March 20.

"I don't know if you can put any value on human life", Gunn said. That's out of about 2,500 abortions performed statewide, mostly at the clinic. Gunn told the Associated Press he is proud that MS is taking steps to protect "the most vulnerable of human life"- the unborn.

"We will go to the (U.S. Court of Appeals for the) 5th Circuit - which is traditionally more conservative on appeal - than some of the others around the nation. Whatever challenges we have to take on to do that, is something we're willing to do".

MS passed the law after the U.S. Senate rejected a measure that would have banned abortion after 20 weeks.

"Accordingly, the ban is unconstitutional as applied to all women seeking pre-viability abortions after 15 weeks". "They are kicking, they have developed taste buds, their eyelids are moving, their hands and feet have been formed", Bryant said.

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.

The law does not exempt pregnancies resulting from rape or incest.

House Bill 1510 does make exceptions when there are risks to the life or physical health of the mother, or fatal fetal anomalies. "I am committed to making MS the safest place in America for an unborn child, and this bill will help us achieve that goal". How quickly will the effects of the law be felt in Mississippi? "It is one of 20 states that have passed popular, compassionate legislation to stop cruel late-term abortions after five months". He said viability was considered to be around 28 weeks when the Supreme Court's Roe vs. Wade decision that legalized abortion nationwide was handed down in 1973, and it was defined as being about 23 or 24 weeks in more recent court cases.

Dannenfelser called the status quo on abortion "unjust" and "untenable". He asked: "Does the state have the right to trump the woman's right to have control over her decisions, over her body?" "It is about time the courts caught up".

Dr. Willie Parker, board chair of Physicians for Reproductive Health, said in a statement that the legislation in MS is unconstitutional, and illustrates how women in the South are being denied access to reproductive care. Ron Leaderhook, a member of Dayspring Community Church in Clinton, said he tries to show the love of God to everyone he meets there, whether it be staff or clients.

Smith is editor of the Mississippi Catholic, newspaper of the Diocese of Jackson.

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