State Issues Historic Abortion Ban

Mississippi became the first state to ban abortions after 15 weeks in pregnancy

Republican Gov. Phil Bryant signed the measure into law Monday.

Bryan signed House Bill 1510, which bans women from having abortions after 15 weeks gestation unless the unborn baby is expected to not survive outside the womb or if continuing the pregnancy will jeopardize the woman’s life.

“It’s a great day in Mississippi,” Republican Mississippi Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves tweeted Monday.

Jackson Women’s Health Organization owner Diane Derzis — running the only remaining abortion clinic in Mississippi — would sue if the law passed, she said and followed through with her threat Monday, according to The Associated Press.

No state banned abortion before 20 weeks of pregnancy until Monday.


JACKSON, Miss. — A federal judge Tuesday granted a temporary restraining order to stop Mississippi’s 15-week abortion ban, the most restrictive in the nation, from going into effect.

Appearing via conference call in front of federal District Judge Carlton Reeves, McDuff said the state’s ban was unconstitutional, citing case law that included the landmark 1972 case of Roe v. Wade.