Mississippi governor signs law banning abortions after 15 weeksBy Kristi Burton Brown
Live Action News - March 19, 2017
Today, on March 19, 2018, Gov. Phil Bryant signed into law a bill banning abortions after 15 weeks, stating, “As I have repeatedly said, I want Mississippi to be the safest place in America for an unborn child.”
The Mississippi House passed the measure early this month on a 75-34.
Mississippi lawmakers are well aware of the abortion industry’s threats on this bill and expect the law to be a direct challenge to Roe v. Wade. Specifically, the Mississippi law would challenge the viability standard set out in Roe and detailed in Planned Parenthood v. Casey. The viability standard has proven unworkable in multiple ways, but this new law could challenge how the viability standard forces states to allow abortion on demand until late in pregnancy — when the smallest percentage of abortions are sought.
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