Judge Says Abortion Law "Smacks Of Defiance"

JACKSON, MS (Ben Caxton) — The same federal judge who struck down Mississippi’s 15-week abortion ban last year is hearing arguments about a new law that puts the ban even earlier. Mississippi’s only abortion clinic sued the state after Governor Phil Bryant signed the law in March which would prohibit most abortions once a fetal heartbeat is detected, at about six weeks, when many women may not even know they’re pregnant. U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves began hearing arguments yesterday on the clinic’s request to block the law from taking effect July 1st. Governors in Kentucky, Ohio, and Georgia have also signed bans on abortion once a fetal heartbeat is detected and Alabama’s governor signed a measure making abortion a felony in nearly all cases. Las year Reeves struck down Mississippi’s ban on abortions after 15 weeks, saying it violated women’s constitutional rights.


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