State weighing 15-week abortion ban
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.