Six-week Abortion ban bill Passes Mississippi Senate

On Tuesday, Mississippi senators passed, by vote 34-15, a 6-week abortion ban bill, which bans most abortions once a fetal heartbeat can be detected. If a physician performs an abortion before checking if there is a fetal heartbeat, or performs an abortion after a fetal heartbeat is detected, the physician could have their medical license revoked. The bill states abortions may be allowed, if the pregnancy threatens the major bodily functions of the woman’s life, but the House and Senate refused to allow exceptions for pregnancies from rape or incest. If the ban passes, pro-choice activists around the nation will be suing the state. The Center for Reproductive Rights vowed to pursue legal action if Gov. Phil Bryant signs the bill. In response, Bryant tweeted, “We will all answer to the good Lord one day. I will say in this instance, ‘I fought for the lives of innocent babies, even under threat of legal action.’” The bill needs to be signed by Bryant to pass, and Bryant has promised to do just that. After Mississippi senators votes were cast, Bryant tweeted, “Thank you to the Mississippi Legislature for protecting the unborn by passing the Heartbeat Bill (SB 2116) and sending […]

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