Abortion Group Sues Mississippi to Prevent Heartbeat Bill from Taking Effect

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant is surrounded by lawmakers on Thursday, March 21, 2019, as he signs a bill that would ban most abortions once a fetal heartbeat can be detected at the capitol in Jackson, Miss. The bill is set to become law July 1, 2019 and would be one of the strictest abortion laws in the nation. The Center for Reproductive Rights calls the law unconstitutional and says it will sue Mississippi to try to block the law from taking effect. (AP Photo/Emily Wagster Pettus)

An abortion advocacy group is attempting to prevent a Mississippi law from taking effect that bans abortions when a baby’s heartbeat can first be detected. 

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant signed Senate Bill 2116 into law on March 21. The law includes an exemption for abortions if it’s deemed that a mother’s facing a life threatening medical emergency in which the baby cannot be saved.

The Center for Reproductive Rights has expanded a preexisting lawsuit they had against Mississippi regarding earlier pro-life legislation to include the heartbeat abortion ban.

Nancy Northup, president of the abortion advocacy group, said in a statement released Thursday that she believes the heartbeat abortion ban is “a near total ban on abortion.”

“Many women don’t even know they’re pregnant at six weeks, and this law would force them to carry their pregnancies to term,” Northup lamented.

“Just four months ago, a federal judge told Mississippi they cannot ban abortion after 15 weeks, and now they’ve banned it even earlier. We will keep taking them to court until they get the message.”

In February, Mississippi’s legislature passed a pair of bills that would ban most abortions as soon as a heartbeat is detected. The Mississippi-based Clarion Ledger labeled it “one of the most restrictive abortion bans in the U.S.”

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Michael Gryboski