Fate Of Abortion Bill Now In Phil Bryant’s Hands

JACKSON, MS (Ben Caxton) — By a 75-34 vote the Mississippi House yesterday approved Senate changes in House Bill 1520 that would ban all abortions in Mississippi beyond 15 weeks after a woman’s last menstrual period. Current law restricts abortions after 20 weeks after a woman’s last menstrual period. While the law would be the most restrictive in the nation, the practical effect would appear to be minimal Mississippi’s only abortion clinic in Jackson says they do not currently perform any abortions beyond sixteen weeks. Still they have said they will sue over the one-week difference saying that a 15-week limit would be unconstitutional, without explaining why a 16-week limit is. The bill now heads to the desk of Governor Phil Bryant who has indicated he will sign the measure.

 


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