By Emily Wagster Pettus
JACKSON – Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant says he looks forward to signing a bill that would ban abortion at 20 weeks, the midpoint of a full-term pregnancy.
House Bill 1400 passed the House and Senate on Tuesday.
The bill has exceptions. Abortion would still be allowed at or after 20 weeks if the pregnant woman could die or face permanent injury, or in cases of severe fetal abnormality.
Mississippi’s only abortion clinic says it stops doing abortions after 16 weeks’ gestation.
The Health Department says 2,176 abortions were done in Mississippi in 2012. Two were listed at 21 weeks or later, and 382 were unknown gestational age.
Several states have a 20-week ban, including Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana and Texas.