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Federal court crushes abortion law “fetal heartbeat” that would prohibit termination after six weeks

Federal court crushes Mississippi’s controversial “fetal heartbeat” abortion law that would ban cancellations after six weeks

  • A panel of judges temporarily blocked the ban that was passed in 2019
  • The law would have been one of the most restrictive in the United States and would prohibit most endings as soon as a fetal heartbeat could be detected
  • “Patients lose their right to abortion before they even know they are pregnant,” said the director of the state’s only abortion clinic
  • Mississippi was one of the seven states that banned abortion in 2019

A federal court of appeal has brought down the Mississippi controversial abortion law that would have effectively prohibited cancellations in the last six weeks – when women might not even realize they are pregnant.

The law is temporarily blocked after judges from the Fifth District found it unconstitutional because it would prohibit abortion before a fetus could survive outside the womb.

The ban, adopted by the state in 2019, has been criticized by campaigners for women’s rights.

Judges of the Fifth District found the law - which would have been one of the strictest in the US - unconstitutional because it would prohibit abortion before a fetus could survive outside the womb

Judges of the Fifth District found the law – which would have been one of the strictest in the US – unconstitutional because it would prohibit abortion before a fetus could survive outside the womb

The only abortion clinic in Mississippi, the Jackson Women’s Health Organization, prosecuted the state after Phil Bryant, the former Republican governor, signed the bill.

The abortion law would have been one of the most restrictive in the US and would prohibit most terminations as soon as fetal heart activity can be detected – which can be around six weeks.

“Banning six weeks of pregnancy means that many of our patients lose their right to abortion before they even know they are pregnant,” said Shannon Brewer, director of the abortion provider. CBS.

“Most of our patients have passed that point. Some have spent weeks saving the procedure and have driven hundreds of miles to reach us. “

The director of the only abortion clinic in Mississippi, Jackson Women's Health Organization, said women would lose their right to termination before they even knew they were pregnant

The director of the only abortion clinic in Mississippi, Jackson Women's Health Organization, said women would lose their right to termination before they even knew they were pregnant

The director of the only abortion clinic in Mississippi, Jackson Women’s Health Organization, said women would lose their right to termination before they even knew they were pregnant

The clinic said it offers abortions for up to 16 weeks.

Mississippi is one of the seven states that adopted an abortion ban in 2019, but they have all been blocked by courts.

Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Ohio and Kentucky and Missouri have all submitted their own bills.

In Alabama, Governor Kay Ivey signed the strictest bill – an almost complete ban on the procedure with no exceptions for rape or incest.

The states have passed laws aimed at stimulating legal challenges that could ultimately try to overthrow Roe v. Wade, the distinctive ruling of the 1973 court that legalized abortion nationally.

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