Attorney General: Defending abortion bill could be tough

Mississippi to pass the most restrictive law against abortion in the nation

Mississippi bans abortions after 15 weeks, no exception for rape or incest

"The real agenda from some state legislators is to ban abortion outright".

MS lawmakers passed what could become the nation's most restrictive abortion law on Thursday.

State Rep. Addia Wuchner, who sponsored the bill, said the abortion procedure is "cruel and gruesome" and involves the dismemberment of a human fetus.

Lawmakers argued that "women start to gain weight and feel movement during the third month of pregnancy", and that 15 weeks gives people plenty of time to "decide whether you're going to carry that child or not". The provision likely is a direct result of former South Bend abortionist Ulrich Klopfer who was forced to close in 2015 after he allegedly failed to report suspected rapes of several teen girls to authorities. The 15-week ban is nothing more than another attack on the few abortion rights that women have left. According to state Department of Health statistics, 85% of abortions in MS took place before 12 weeks in 2016. The bill adds a series of requirements for abortion clinics to comply with, including having any woman who is prescribed an abortion-inducing drug sign a form that says she has been informed of the manufacturer's instructions.

A number of states, including MS, have already tiptoed up to the viability line with 20-week bans, although the US Senate earlier this year rejected such a ban nationwide when supporters couldn't reach a 60-vote supermajority to act. The clinic owner, Diane Derzis, has told the local paper that she plans to sue if Bryant signs the bill. The opponents believe the decision opened a window for states to restrict abortion before a foetus is viable. "House Bill 1510 will help us achieve that goal". One is protecting the health and life of the mother.

Legislative leaders claim the bill, dubbed the BRIDGE (Building Roads, Improving Development, Growing the Economy) Act, would generate about $1.1 billion for infrastructure needs on the state and local level over a six-year period.

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Taylor said the Alliance Defending Freedom, a Christian conservative legal advocacy group, was among those who vetted the bill's language. MS state Rep. Andy Gipson, a Republican from Braxton, said lawmakers in Texas, Georgia, and "some midwestern states" are exploring the idea.

Adrienne Kimmell is vice president of communications and strategic research for the national nonprofit NARAL Pro-Choice America.

"I think the court wants to stay out of this for a while", Forte said.

Under the Supreme Court's 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling establishing a nationwide right to abortion, states were permitted to restrict abortions after viability - the point when the fetus has a reasonable chance of surviving under normal conditions outside the uterus.

Kennedy, for example, has twice in the past 26 years been part of a 5-4 majority upholding abortion rights.

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