A Judge Just Blocked the Nation's Most Restrictive Abortion Law

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The same day, the nonprofit Center for Reproductive Rights filed a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the law, which had gone into effect immediately.

The legal complaint claimed the bill was unconstitutional and cited Roe v. Wade, the landmark Supreme Court ruling that invalidated certain state laws prohibiting abortion.

Bryant says the law is created to "make MS the safest place in America for an unborn child".

Along with shortening the window in which a woman can seek to have an abortion, the law, also known as the Gestational Age Act, also says a person found guilty of performing an abortion after 15 weeks of gestation will face a felony conviction and up to 10 years in prison and could have their medical license suspended or revoked.

A federal judge will consider a request to block a MS law banning most abortions after 15 weeks of gestation less than 24 hours after the law took effect.

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Representative Adrienne Wooten questions Republican Andy Gipson about House Bill 1510 at the Capitol in Jackson, Mississippi, earlier this month.

In papers filed Monday evening, the Jackson Women's Health Organization and a physician who practices there stated that a woman who is 15 weeks or more pregnant is scheduled to have an abortion Tuesday afternoon. Current federal law does not. But Mississippi is pushing the envelope by banning abortion starting at 15 weeks.

Abortion rights advocates are calling the law unconstitutional because it limits abortion before fetuses can live outside the womb. "We'll probably be sued in about half an hour", Bryant said to laughter from supporters as he signed the bill.

Three clinics in Louisiana perform abortions and the process to access the procedure has been heavily regulated by state lawmakers.

"U.S. District Court Judge Carlton Reeves granted plaintiffs" temporary restraining order on Tuesday afternoon in a brief two-page order.

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The suit says the clinic performed 78 abortions in 2017 when the fetus was identified as being 15 weeks or older.

Special assistant attorney general Paul Barnes argued the state has an interest in protecting maternal health and "unborn life". The woman previously underwent counseling more than 24 hours in advance, as required by a longstanding MS law.

Gov. Phil Bryant on Monday signed a bill banning abortion after 15 weeks' gestation, and it became law immediately. Gunn told the Associated Press he is proud that MS is taking steps to protect "the most vulnerable of human life"- the unborn.

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.

House Bill 1510 does make exceptions when there are risks to the life or physical health of the mother, or fatal fetal anomalies. There are no exceptions for incidents of rape or incest.

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