Judge Stops Mississippi Abortion Law: ‘Smacks of Defiance’

By Published on May 24, 2019

Mississippi Judge Carlton Reeves stopped the passage of a Mississippi abortion law Friday banning abortions after a heartbeat can be detected.

DCNF - 300Obama appointed Judge Reeves reportedly expressed anger and frustration earlier this week over the bill’s lack of exceptions in cases or incest, according to The Hill. The judge claims that the bill “threatens immediate harm to women’s rights, especially considering most women do not seek abortion services until after 6 weeks.”

“This injury outweighs any interest the state might have in banning abortions after the detection of a fetal heartbeat,” he wrote, according to The Hill.

Reeves also stopped the passage of a 15 week abortion ban earlier this year. The judge claims that new bill banning abortions after a heartbeat can be detected “smacks of defiance,” according to The Hill.

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The move comes as Missouri, Georgia, Mississippi, Kentucky, Alabama and Ohio have all enacted restrictive abortion legislation this year.

Both Georgia and Alabama passed highly restrictive abortion legislation in 2019. Republican Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp signed a “fetal heartbeat bill” in March that will go into effect January 1, 2020, criminalizing abortions in Georgia after a fetal heartbeat is detected. The bill makes exceptions in cases of rape and incest and when the mother’s health is at risk, but only if the mother first files a police report.

Republican Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey also signed H.B. 314 into law May 15. The Alabama law, which will take effect in six months, is the most restrictive abortion law in the United States and is a near-total ban on abortions. The law makes no exceptions for cases of rape or incest but would make an exception if the mother’s health was in serious danger.


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