The last abortion clinic in MS is suing to overturn a new law that bans abortions after 15 weeks.
U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves on Tuesday granted a 10-day restraining order on Mississippi's new law that bans abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy.
"We are protecting the unborn children of this great state, many of whom are minorities, many of whom are female, obviously many that are at 15 weeks are moving in their mother's womb", Bryant said on Perkins' radio show.
The suit says the clinic performed 78 abortions in 2017 when the fetus was identified as being 15 weeks or older. He told The Associated Press he is proud MS is taking steps to protect "the most vulnerable of human life:" the unborn. That new division is created to enforce both existing laws protecting the rights of conscience for medical personnel as well as the new regulations. Pregnancies that resulted from rape or incest are not exempted from the 15-week limit. It also comes just after Iowa announced legislation to ban most abortions after a fetal heartbeat could be detected.
Three clinics in Louisiana perform abortions and the process to access the procedure has been heavily regulated by state lawmakers. "States can not "prohibit any woman from making the ultimate decision" to do so".
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Cincinnati.com pointed out that the bill is unlikely to pass. OH governor John Kasich previously vetoed a bill that would have banned abortions after a fetus's heartbeat could be detected, which could be as early as six weeks.
In response, Bryant declared that he hopes preventing that abortion represents the first life saved by the new law.
Women who seek abortions after 16 weeks are significantly more likely to be under age 18, black, unemployed and poor, according to a 2010 study from the Human Family Research Center. The clinic has filed a lawsuit challenging the newly-signed abortion ban in the hours since it was signed.
According to Jacqueline Ayers, the National Director, Legislative Affairs for Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Mississippi has the highest women's poverty ratein the nation and due to systemic racism and discriminatory policy, more than one in three Black people in the state live below the poverty line.
MS also requires in-person counseling and a 24-hour waiting period before receiving an abortion, which means women must make repeat trips to the facility - a fact that's especially burdensome for those living outside Jackson.
The National Review reports that MS previously had a 20-week ban on abortion.