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

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

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

The afternoon the bill was signed, a member of the 40 Days for Life prayer team stood at the entrance to Jackson Women's Health Organization.

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On Monday, Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant signed into law a bill that bans all abortions after 15 weeks gestation except in the case of a medical emergency or a severe fetal abnormality.

Reeves did not rule from the bench but granted the temporary restraining order about an hour later. He sought the restraining order because the new MS law would have prevented a 15-weeks pregnant woman from getting the procedure, which was scheduled Tuesday.

"By banning abortion after 15 weeks of pregnancy, the law violates decades of well-established, clear precedent under the U.S. Constitution".

Phil Bryant (R) signed the ban into law earlier Monday.

Clinic owner Diane Derzis told The Associated Press that the woman was able to have the abortion Tuesday after Reeves temporarily blocked the law. Clinic attorney Rob McDuff said a woman scheduled for an abortion Tuesday is at least 15 weeks pregnant.

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The Institute has been particularly critical of efforts underway in the United States by various state authorities to undermine access to abortion services which, it claims put 57 percent of child-bearing age American women in states hostile or extremely hostile to abortion rights, compared to 30 percent living in states which are highly supportive.

The law also requires doctors who perform abortions after 15 weeks to submit reports detailing the circumstances of each case.

"We are saving more of the unborn than any state in America, and what better thing can we do?" In fact, the only exceptions to law are if the fetus has an issue that is "incompatible with life" or if the mother's life or "major bodily function" would be threatened by carrying the pregnancy to full term.

Bryant seemed to predict Tuesday's lawsuit, saying "We'll probably be sued here in about a half hour, and that'll be fine with me". "The ban is clearly an attempt to effectively bring the state one step closer to outlawing abortion entirely", NARAL Pro-Choice America National Communications Director Kaylie Hanson Long said in a statement. Pregnancies resulting from rape and incest aren't exempted.

After signing the bill, the governor wrote on Twitter, "I am committed to making MS the safest place in America for an unborn child, and this bill will help us achieve that goal". "The 15-week marker has no bearing in science".

The bill was drafted with the assistance of conservative groups including the Mississippi Center for Public Policy and the Alliance Defending Freedom.

"Politicians are not above the rule of law, and we are confident this risky bill will be struck down like every similar attempt before it", Center for Reproductive Rights President and CEO Nancy Northup said in a statement obtained by the AP. While other state legislatures have passed similar laws in the past, this is the first to be signed into law. With 60 "yes" votes required to advance, the bill failed on a 51-46 vote.

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