Mississippi Senate approves nation's earliest abortion ban

Mississippi Senate approves nation's earliest abortion ban

"We are not talking about banning abortion in the commonwealth after 11 weeks, we are talking about prohibiting a type of abortion that is found as had been confirmed to be both cruel and gruesome, and that is the dismemberment of a human fetus", Wuchner said.

The bill passed the Mississippi House 79-31 last month.

"Abortion policy in the United States is based on outdated science that the rest of the world rejects", Dr. Jameson Taylor, acting President of the Mississippi Center for Public Policy, told LifeSiteNews.

MS now prohibits an abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy unless "the woman's life is endangered, her physical health is severely compromised or there is a lethal fetal anomaly", according to the Guttmacher Institute.

MS already ties with North Carolina for the nation's shortest abortion term, limiting abortions to 20 weeks into gestation.

The Mississippi Senate moved one step closer Tuesday to passing a law that would prevent women from getting abortions after they are 15 weeks pregnant.

The bill returns to the House to consider an amendment which would retitle the legislation as "The Gestational Age Act".

All that stands between this bill becoming law is whether or not the state house of representatives accepts the changes made by the senate.

After the bill's vote, Bryant tweeted, "As I have repeatedly said, I want MS to be the safest place in America for an unborn child". "I am committed to making MS the safest place in America for an unborn child".

"For decades, the Supreme Court has made clear that it is unconstitutional to ban the most common method of second trimester abortion", Miller said.

It would be the nation's earliest abortion ban and Mississippi's only abortion clinic, Jackson Women's Health Organization, told the Clarion Ledger it would be forced to turn certain patients away and refer them out of state. A similar 20-week ban was also blocked in Idaho in 2015. Ultimately, it will end up at the center of a lengthy and expensive legal battle, with MS taxpayers footing the bill. Instead, Senators chose to further limit access to health care in a state where maternal and infant mortality rates rank among the highest in the nation. However, it still retains strong protections that hold rogue doctors accountable for irresponsibly risking women's health. This is nothing more than yet another attempt to restrict safe and legal abortion.

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