Bloomberg Law
Jan. 17, 2020, 5:51 PM

Full 5th Cir. Denies Rehearing on 15-Week Abortion Ban

Mary Anne Pazanowski
Mary Anne Pazanowski
Legal Reporter

The Fifth Circuit won’t rehear arguments over a Mississippi law that prohibits abortion after a fetus reaches 15 weeks’ gestation, the court announced Friday.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit didn’t explain why it’s letting a December panel decision holding the law unconstitutional stand.

The panel reasoned that, while states can regulate abortion before a fetus would be unable to live outside the womb—so long as the regulation doesn’t impose an undue burden on a woman’s constitutional rights —they may not ban the procedure outright. Mississippi’s law imposed a ban, it said.

Mississippi asked for a redo, ...

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