Quick challenge for Mississippi's 15-week abortion ban

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Less than 24 hours after Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant signed the country's most restrictive abortion law, a court has put the state's new 15-week abortion ban on hold.

"House Bill 1510 protects maternal health and will further our efforts to make MS the safest place in America for an unborn child". It's already gotten a judge to block the new law.

"This is a human being at 15 weeks and we are going about protecting women and minorities from being torn apart by one of these later term abortions", he added.

Republican Gov. Phil Bryant signed the bill into law Monday afternoon, saying MS is "saving more of the unborn than any state in America".

"Under decades of United States Supreme Court precedent, the state of MS can not ban abortion prior to viability, regardless of what exceptions are provided to the ban", the suit states. Dr. Sacheen Carr-Ellis of the Jackson Women's Health Organization stated in court papers that a woman 15 weeks or more pregnant is scheduled for a Tuesday afternoon abortion. There are no exceptions for incidents of rape or incest. Both states count pregnancy as beginning on the first day of a woman's previous menstrual period, meaning their restrictions kicked in about two weeks before those of states whose 20-week bans begin at conception.

A federal judge is temporarily blocking a new MS law that bans abortion after 15 weeks, the most restrictive abortion law in the United States. The Jackson Women's Health Organization, along with a physician who works for the clinic, immediately sued in federal court over the measure, claiming it is unconstitutional.

Republican Gov. Phil Bryant made the comments while he signed the law Monday in a closed ceremony, according to a video his office posted to social media.

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.

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"It is worth fighting over", he said on Monday.

In a lawsuit handled by the Center of Reproductive Rights, the Jackson Women's Health Organization says the measure is unconstitutional and should immediately be struck down.

"I was proud to sign House Bill 1510 this afternoon", Bryant said on Twitter.

The case was brought by the Jackson Women's Health Organization, the only remaining abortion clinic in MS, and Dr. Sacheen Carr-Ellis, who practices there.

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

Reeves did not rule from the bench but said he would rule as soon as possible. "It is one of 20 states that have passed popular, compassionate legislation to stop cruel late-term abortions after five months".

But abortion opponents praised the governor's signing of the bill Monday and Jameson Taylor of the Mississippi Center for Public Policy argued that it is legally sound.

The cases Reeves cited-Roe, Casey, and Hellerstedt-all prohibit a state from interfering with a pregnant person's right to a pre-viability abortion.

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