Mississippi governor signs law banning abortions after 15 weeks

Mississippi governor signs law banning abortions after 15 weeks

Mississippi governor signs law banning abortions after 15 weeks

By Kristi Burton Brown | Via Live Action
On March 19, 2018, Gov. Phil Bryant signed into law a bill banning abortions after 15 weeks, stating, “As I have repeatedly said, I want Mississippi to be the safest place in America for an unborn child.”

The Mississippi House passed the measure early this month on a 75-34.

Mississippi lawmakers are well aware of the abortion industry’s threats on this bill and expect the law to be a direct challenge to Roe v. Wade. Specifically, the Mississippi law would challenge the viability standard set out in Roe and detailed in Planned Parenthood v. Casey. The viability standard has proven unworkable in multiple ways, but this new law could challenge how the viability standard forces states to allow abortion on demand until late in pregnancy — when the smallest percentage of abortions are sought.

Diane Derzis, the owner of Mississippi’s one remaining abortion facility, acknowledged that Roe v. Wade is on a clear path to being overturned: “Roe is clearly in danger and that’s what they’re preparing for.” She stated that she plans to sue the state when Gov. Bryant signed the bill.

State lawmakers described the law as one that would help in “protecting more women” and “protecting more children.” They spoke of the humanity of the child in the womb which, while present from the moment of conception, is very evident by 15 weeks.

The Endowment for Human Development, a “nonprofit organization dedicated to improving health science education and public health” has partnered with National Geographic to illustrate the development of the child in the womb through modern technology and real-time videos and photos of preborn children.
The vote in the House closely followed Tuesday’s vote in the Mississippi Senate, where senators voted to approve the 15-week ban, 35-14.

While other states have passed early abortion bans, Mississippi now holds the earliest ban in the nation, as courts have struck down the bans passed in Arkansas and North Dakota.


A preborn child at 14 weeks, just before the protection in Mississippi would take effect.


  1. Bill Chouinard says:

    At least someone has the balls to go up against PP. Congrats.

  2. Good for Mississippi! Breaks my heart when I read about the number of abortions taking place … how do some people sleep at night…especially those promoting it.

  3. Char in ND says:

    I don’t know why the GOP controlled Congress doesn’t have the guts to at least defund PP. I love this action by Governor Bryant. But sadly, the left will be coming after this law. They did in North Dakota, successfully overturning the “fetal heartbeat” law. I believe it was the Center for Reproductive Rights who funded the challenge to our state’s abortion law. They have deep pockets.

    • I know what you mean. I was really upset with the big omnibus bill too. Everything the Left loves was funded and funded well. I wish Trump would have vetoed it. He would have been a big hero with all the conservative citizens if he had done that. I’m so frustrated that the statists always get their way. This should be OUR time after all the heartache we went through with Obama, we deserve more victories.

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