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Blocked Fetal Heartbeat Abortion Ban Appealed in Mississippi

June 21, 2019, 5:12 PM

Mississippi appealed a federal judge’s ruling blocking a new state law banning abortions once a fetal heartbeat is detected.

Attorney General Jim Hood, a Democrat who is running for governor, filed the notice of appeal June 21 with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.

The law signed in March by Gov. Phil Bryant (R) bans abortions as early as six weeks into pregnancy. Georgia, Kentucky, and Ohio passed similar bans this year. Missouri approved an abortion prohibition after eight weeks, and Alabama banned virtually all abortions in that state.

A preliminary injunction was issued May 24 by...

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