State weigh­ing 15-week abor­tion ban

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - NATIONAL -

JACK­SON, Miss. — Mis­sis­sippi law­mak­ers are con­sid­er­ing mak­ing their state the first to ban most abor­tions af­ter 15 weeks of preg­nancy, set­ting up a pos­si­ble court chal­lenge.

On Tues­day, a leg­isla­tive com­mit­tee ap­proved House Bill 1510, send­ing it to the full Repub­li­can-con­trolled House for more de­bate.

Mis­sis­sippi al­ready bans most abor­tions af­ter 20 weeks, which is tied for the na­tion’s ear­li­est ban.

The bill un­der con­sid­er­a­tion would al­low ex­cep­tions if a woman’s life is en­dan­gered or a fe­tus has a se­vere ab­nor­mal­ity.

House Ju­di­ciary B Com­mit­tee Chair­man Andy Gip­son says Mis­sis­sippi wants to pre­vent women from be­ing ad­versely af­fected by abor­tions.

How­ever, Feli­cia Brown-Wil­liams, state director for Planned Par­ent­hood Ad­vo­cates Southeast, called the pro­posal un­con­sti­tu­tional, say­ing the U.S. Supreme Court won’t al­low bans be­fore a fe­tus can live out­side the womb. mnas­tics cut ties with the ranch ear­lier this month.

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