Federal appeals court strikes down Mississippi 15-week abortion ban

by Adam Ford · Dec 14th, 2019 10:33 am

A federal appeals court on Friday blocked Mississippi's ban on abortion after 15 weeks of pregnancy, calling it unconstitutional.

The ruling from the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a district court ruling from 2018 that blocked the law from going into effect.

The court judges wrote:

"In an unbroken line dating to Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court's abortion cases have established (and affirmed, and re-affirmed) a woman's right to choose an abortion before viability. States may regulate abortion procedures prior to viability so long as they do not impose an undue burden on the woman's right but they may not ban abortions."

The ban made exceptions in cases of a medical emergency that threatened the mother, or "severe fetal abnormality" that would have prevented the unborn baby from surviving outside of the womb.


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