Mississippi Has Banned Abortions After 15 Weeks


Dr. Sacheen Carr-Ellis, in a sworn statement, said she'll have to stop providing abortions to women past the 15 week ban, or else lose her MS medical license, as House Bill 1510 requires.

Carr-Ellis wrote that the law, which became effective immediately, would affect a patient she is scheduled to see this afternoon at 2 p.m. for an abortion. Its opponents claim it is unconstitutional.

A federal judge on Tuesday temporarily blocked a new MS law that bans abortion after 15 weeks' gestation - the most restrictive abortion law in the United States.

MS is among a small handful of states with only one remaining clinic that provides abortion services: in this case, Jackson Women's Health Organization.

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 know that when abortion access is restricted so severely, the number of abortions does not go down-the number of deaths and injuries to women goes up".

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant is pictured in a 2015 photo. Gunn told the Associated Press he is proud that MS is taking steps to protect "the most vulnerable of human life"- the unborn. For many women, restrictive policies on abortion serve as a de facto ban.

Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant, left, looks on during a meeting of the National Governors Association at the White House on February 23, 2015. The state Senate passed H.B.

"The state of MS (the poorest state in the nation) will spend a fortune of its taxpayer's dollars on this legal battle", the group wrote on Facebook.

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The bill, called "The Gestational Age Act", has now tightened already very limited access to abortion services.

The measure is just one in a string of efforts to diminish access to abortions in MS, critics say.

"House Bill 1510 protects maternal health and will further our efforts to make MS the safest place in America for an unborn child. They are kicking, they have developed taste buds, their eyelids are moving, their hands and feet have been formed", Bryant said.

He said if the restraining order was granted, "there is one unborn life that this law was unable to protect", Barnes said.

The law does not exempt pregnancies resulting from rape or incest.

The law's only exceptions are if a fetus has health problems making it "incompatible with life" outside of the womb at full term, or if a pregnant woman's life or a "major bodily function" is threatened by pregnancy.

The law took effect as soon as Republican Gov. Phil Bryant signed it Monday.

The new MS law is expected to be challenged in court. As LifeSiteNews recounted yesterday, World Health Organization owner Diane Derzis has maintained abortion facilities in multiple states, and has a checkered past that includes Alabama shutting down her Birmingham location for a series of medical violations that led to at least two medical emergencies. In fact, the bill is based on model language from the conservative Alliance Defending Freedom, and is the first of a planned wave of 15-week abortion bans with the goal of ending legal abortion outright.