The same day, the nonprofit Center for Reproductive Rights filed a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the law, which had gone into effect immediately.
MS is among a small handful of states with only one remaining clinic that provides abortion services: in this case, Jackson Women's Health Organization. "The Supreme Court says every woman has a constitutional right to "personal privacy" regarding her body".
The last abortion clinic in MS is suing to overturn a new law that bans abortions after 15 weeks. He noted that lawyers for the clinic said a woman who is at least 15 weeks pregnant was scheduled to have an abortion on the afternoon of March 20.
Louisiana's current law bans abortions at 20 weeks after conception. The state's only abortion clinic and one of the physicians who practices there sued in federal court within an hour, arguing the law violates other federal court rulings saying a state can't restrict abortion before a child can survive on its own outside the womb.
The case was brought by the Jackson Women's Health Organization, the only remaining abortion clinic in MS, and Dr. Sacheen Carr-Ellis, who practices there.
An AP report said that abortion opponents have sought the legal confrontation, hoping that federal courts will ultimately prohibit abortions before an unborn child is viable.
By Tuesday afternoon, however, the law was blocked by a federal judge.
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Reeves said in his order that the MS law "places viability at 15 weeks - about two months earlier than where the medical consensus places it". "A brief delay in enforcing a law of dubious constitutionality does not outweigh that harm, and in fact serves the public's interest in preserving the freedom guaranteed by the United States Constitution".
"We'll probably be sued in about half an hour", Bryant said to laughter from supporters as he signed the bill. "There are only a few clinics left to serve patients who need abortion care even as we speak, and with HB 1510 targeting the lone remaining clinic in MS, a scarce health service will become even more so".
Reeves did not rule from the bench but granted the temporary restraining order about an hour later. She says women shouldn't be forced to carry their pregnancies to term against their wills or leave the state to obtain abortions.
Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves said in an emailed statement that the law is a major step toward accomplishing Mississippi's goal to protect the lives of the unborn.
A federal judge in MS will hear arguments Tuesday over whether he should block the nation's most restrictive abortion law less than 24 hours after it took effect.
The proposal in OH comes just as Bryant authorized legislation banning abortion after 15 weeks of pregnancy in MS, the earliest abortion ban in the country. He says MS is "saving more of the unborn than any state in America".
The law does not exempt pregnancies resulting from rape or incest.