A major pro-life win took place on the Mississippi House floor on International Women’s Day: an approved 15-week ban on abortion, the most pro-life regulation in the nation.
On Thursday, the Gestational Age Act passed 75 to 34 on the House floor after passing through the Senate two days prior.
“Except in a medical emergency or in the case of a severe fetal abnormality, a person shall not intentionally or knowingly perform, induce, or attempt to perform or induce an abortion of an fetus if the probable gestational age of the fetus has been determined to be greater than 15 weeks,” reports Rewire of the Gestational Age Act.
Pro-life Republican Governor Phil Bryant says he will sign the bill into law.
“As I have repeatedly said, I want Mississippi to be the safest place in America for an unborn child,” wrote the governor via Twitter. “House Bill 1510 will help us achieve that goal.”
The 15-week ban would be the earliest ban in the nation (still later than many Western European countries, many of which restrict abortions after 14 weeks). Mississippi only has one abortion clinic in the state and currently maintains a 20-week ban on the life-ending “procedure.”
Mississippi Center for Public Policy President Jameson Taylor praised the bill.
“The bill is important because it takes another step in protecting maternal health and advancing the state’s interest in protecting pre-born life,” he said.
Owners of the state’s only abortion clinic, Jackson Women’s Health Organization, said they are considering a legal challenge.
As noted by LifeNews, it’s unclear if the law will withstand a legal challenge:
President Donald Trump promised to appoint conservative judges to the U.S. Supreme Court, and pro-life advocates praised his choice of Neil Gorsuch; however, a majority of judges on the high court do not think unborn babies deserve a right to life.
Several years ago, North Dakota and Arkansas passed bills to prohibit abortions after an unborn baby has a detectable heartbeat (about six weeks), but federal courts struck down both laws.