More bans ad­vanc­ing in South, Mid­west

The News-Times - - NATION/WORLD -

If a new Mis­sis­sippi law sur­vives a court chal­lenge, it will be nearly im­pos­si­ble for most preg­nant women to get an abor­tion there.

Or, potentiall­y, in neigh­bor­ing Louisiana. Or Alabama. Or Georgia.

The Louisiana leg­is­la­ture is half­way to­ward pass­ing a law — like the ones en­acted in Mis­sis­sippi and Georgia — that will ban abor­tions af­ter a fe­tal heart­beat is de­tected, about six weeks into a preg­nancy and be­fore many women know they're preg­nant. Alabama is on the cusp of ap­prov­ing an even more re­stric­tive bill.

State gov­ern­ments are on a course to vir­tu­ally elim­i­nate abor­tion ac­cess in large chunks of the Deep South and Mid­west. Ohio and Ken­tucky also have passed heart­beat laws; Mis­souri's Repub­li­can-con­trolled leg­is­la­ture is con­sid­er­ing one.

Their hope is that a more con­ser­va­tive U.S. Supreme Court will approve, spelling the end of the con­sti­tu­tional right to abor­tion.

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