Mississippi bill proposes abortion ban after 20 weeks

djournal-state-news-mississippiBy Emily Wagster Pettus

Associated Press

JACKSON – Mississippi lawmakers are considering banning abortion after 20 weeks’ gestation, halfway through a full-term pregnancy of 40 weeks.

Exceptions would be made to prevent permanent physical damage or death of the pregnant woman, or in cases of several fetal abnormalities.

Health Department statistics show 2,176 abortions were done in Mississippi in 2012. Two were listed at 21 weeks or later, and 382 were listed as unknown gestational age.

Diane Derzis, who owns Mississippi’s only abortion clinic, says the proposed change wouldn’t affect the clinic, which stops doing abortions after 16 weeks.

Several states have a 20-week ban. In January, the U.S. Supreme Court rejected Arizona’s attempt to revive a one that was blocked by a federal appeals court.

House Bill 1400 awaits consideration of the Mississippi House.

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  • Thile

    When you can’t fulfill goals like improving education and paying teachers more than peanuts, reducing the size of government, and improving healthcare options for residents, reducing infant mortality and kids born into/living in poverty, there’s a good ol’ abortion bill that needs passin’! Phil cares, y’all!

  • FrereJocques

    The Philbert Fundies are still avoiding their proper purpose and wasting time and money in the Legislature for this kind of crap. These folks have no shame. The only way to stop them is to vote them out.

  • barney fife

    Election Day just can’t come soon enough. Phundie Philbert and Company will be sent packing.