The United States Law Week

Mississippi Fights Order Blocking Six-Week Abortion Restriction

Aug. 29, 2019, 6:45 PM

A federal court should have considered Mississippi’s legitimate interests in protecting unborn life and women’s health before blocking the state from enforcing a law restricting abortions after about six weeks’ gestation, the state told the Fifth Circuit.

Mississippi wants the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit to overturn a lower court order prohibiting it from enforcing S.B. 2116. The law bars any person from knowingly performing an abortion after a fetal heartbeat has been detected using standard medical means, except when necessary to prevent a woman’s death or serious injury.

The state law also makes performing an abortion...

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