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, ...