To the Governor: Mississippi Passes Bill Banning Abortion After 15 Weeks, Defying Supreme Court Precedent

JACKSON, Miss. (March 8, 2018) – Today, the Mississippi House gave final approval to a bill that would prohibit most abortions after 15 weeks, defying a Supreme Court opinion prohibiting states from regulating abortions before 24 weeks.

Rep. Becky Currie (R-Brookhaven) introduced House Bill 1510 (HB1510) in January. The legislation would prohibit doctors from performing abortions after a probable gestational age of 15 weeks except in a medical emergency or in the case of severe fetal abnormality. Gestational age is calculated from the first day of the mother’s last menstrual period.

Under the proposed law, any physician knowingly performing an abortion after 15 weeks would be subject to losing their medical license. Doctors would be required to ascertain the probable gestational age before performing an abortion.

The House passed HB1510 on Feb. 2 by a 79-31 vote. On Tuesday, the Senate approved an amended version of the bill by a 35-14 vote. Today, the House concurred with the Senate amendments and the bill now goes to Gov. Phil Bryant’s desk for his consideration.

Twenty states have banned abortions at 20 weeks or later. HB1510 pushes the limits further. If signed into law, Mississippi would become …

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