On Monday Mississippi governor Phil Bryant signed into law the nations strictest abortion ban.
The new law bans abortions after 15 weeks gestation. Many states ban abortion after 20 weeks. This makes Mississippi’s new law on life the toughest in the land.
The Jackson Women’s Health Organization immediately launched a legal challenge.
…the Jackson Women’s Health Organization, filed a complaint in United States District Court for Mississippi’s Southern District less than an hour after he signed the bill into law. The organization sought a preliminary injunction preventing officials from enforcing the act. Later Monday, the organization filed a motion for a temporary restraining order, said Robert B. McDuff, one of the lawyers for the clinic.
Now comes news that a federal judge has blocked the new law from taking effect.
In response to the new law, attorney Rob McDuff filed a hearing request for a temporary restraining order on behalf of Women’s Health Organization.
Appearing via conference call in front of U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves, McDuff said the ban was “unconstitutional,” citing case law that included the landmark 1972 case of Roe v Wade.
McDuff said a woman who is currently at 15 weeks gestation is scheduled to have an abortion at Women’s Health Organization Tuesday at 2 p.m. The new law would have made that abortion impossible. If a temporary restraining order was not issued immediately, McDuff said, she would have been left with limited options. The clinic’s next available appointment for the women is in eight days, putting her past 16 weeks gestation and unable to obtain a safe and legal abortion in Mississippi.
There are two other women at 15 weeks gestation who are scheduled to have abortions at the clinic next week.
Just to clarify, a judge has blocked the new law in order to make sure that babies already scheduled to be murdered don’t escape that fate…because that would be unfair…or something.