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Mississippi’s Six-Week Abortion Ban Goes Before Judge May 21

May 20, 2019, 5:43 PM

Mississippi’s only abortion clinic is trying to block the state from enforcing a law that bans most abortions after six weeks.

Attorneys for the state and Jackson Women’s Health Organization will appear in front of Judge Carlton W. Reeves, of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi, May 21 to argue why the law should or shouldn’t be upheld.

The law prohibits anyone from knowingly performing an abortion after a fetal heartbeat is detected, which can occur as early as six weeks after a women’s last menstrual period, the time frame used by health-care providers to determine...

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