Mississippi imposing nation’s toughest 15-week abortion ban

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FILE – This Thursday, March 8, 2018 file photo shows dead razor grass and masked fencing at the entrance to the Jackson Women’s Health Organization clinic in Jackson, Miss. The facility is currently the state’s only abortion clinic. Abortions in the U.S. are very safe but getting one without facing delays and false medical information […]

Mississippi’s governor has signed the nation’s tightest abortion restrictions into law.
    
Republican Gov. Phil Bryant signed House Bill 1510 on Monday afternoon. It becomes law immediately and bans most abortions after 15 weeks’ gestation. Bryant has frequently said he wants Mississippi to be the “safest place in America for an unborn child.”
    
The law’s only exceptions are if a fetus has health problems making it “incompatible with life” outside of the womb at full term, or if a pregnant woman’s life or a “major bodily function” is threatened by pregnancy. Pregnancies resulting from rape and incest aren’t exempted.
    
Abortion rights advocates are calling the law unconstitutional because it limits abortion before fetuses can live outside the womb. The owner of Mississippi’s only abortion clinic opposes the law and has pledged to sue.

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