Mississippi Moves Step Closer to Ban Abortions After 15 Weeks of Pregnancy


Although abortion in the United States is legal, every state can regulate the use of abortion or propose legislation that can limit access to abortion. 

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On International Women's Day, Mississippi's House of Representatives voted 75-34 in favor of a bill that would prevent women from getting abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy. The procedural vote moves the bill one step closer to becoming law, as Governor Phil Bryant, plans to sign the bill into law this week, CNN reports.

"As I have repeatedly said, I want Mississippi to be the safest place in America for an unborn child," Bryant said in a statement. "House Bill 1510 will help us achieve that goal, and I look forward to signing it."

In a state that already has so many restrictions to access abortions, women can now face criminal charges, and doctors who perform abortions can lose their license to practice if they perform the abortion after the 15 weeks.

There are only 2 abortion-providing facilities in the whole state of Mississippi and only one of those are clinics, according to Guttmacher. If the 45-year landmark case, Roe v Wade, were to be overturned under the Trump Presidency, Mississippi has laws in place that would ban abortions completely in the state. Donald Trump's Supreme Court picks, along with Vice President, Mike Pence's view on abortion threaten women's reproductive rights.

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As for now the Center for Reproductive Rights will fight the bill in court if it becomes law. The Center for Reproductive Rights and Planned Parenthood argue that the bill is unconstitutional, citing similar legislation that has been struck down when challenged in court.