Bryant governor signs mid-pregnancy abortion ban

other_state_govBy Emily Wagster Pettus

Associated Press

JACKSON – Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant has signed a bill to ban abortion at the midpoint of a full-term pregnancy.

Supporters say it’s designed to protect women’s health, while abortion-rights advocates say it’s unconstitutional.

Bryant signed House Bill 1400 on Wednesday. It becomes law July 1.

It will ban abortion starting at 20 weeks’ gestational age. That’s defined as 20 weeks since the start of the woman’s last menstrual period. A full-term pregnancy is 40 weeks.

Felicia Brown-Williams, director of public policy for Planned Parenthood Southeast, says the Mississippi law is similar to an Arizona law blocked by a federal appeals court.

Judges found the Arizona law violated the constitutionally protected right abortion before a fetus is able to survive outside the womb. Viability is generally considered to start at 24 weeks.

  • TWBDB

    Pandering much

  • barney fife

    ” … the Mississippi law is similar to an Arizona law blocked by a federal appeals court. … ”
    One definition of insanity is repeating the same behaviors over and over again while expecting different results each time.
    What Phundie Phil has accomplished is guaranteeing job security for lawyers on both sides of the issue.

  • 1941641

    Fundie Phil and his fellows are allowing their obsessions with women’s private lives/private parts to insure that he will be a one-term governor next election cycle.

  • Winston Smith

    And this helps the state of Mississippi how?

  • countrydawg

    Comprehensive plans for prenatal education, lowering infant mortality, and reducing the number of children born into poverty are just too danged hard. Probably because those things are dependent upon actual education reforms. But hey, good job and good effort on yet another abortion bill. I’m sure ALEC approves.