With a stroke of a pen, Mississippi's Republican Gov. Phil Bryant signed the nation's toughest restrictive abortion ban into law Monday.
Republican Governor Phil Bryant, who has repeatedly declared his vision to make MS the "safest place in America for an unborn child", is expected to sign into law a bill that bans abortions after 15 weeks of gestation.
"It's a great day in Mississippi", Republican Miss.
Mississippi, the state with the highest infant mortality rate and worst overall ranking in the nation for children and infant care, according to a recent report, is expected to adopt the country's strictest abortion laws on Monday.
Some pro-choice advocates think the end goal of passing the 15-week ban is to push the abortion conversation all the way to the Supreme Court.
In his State of the State Address in 2014, Gov. Phil Bryant announced a goal: "to end abortion in MS". MS is recognizing the worldwide medical and scientific consensus on this issue.
"We'll probably be sued in about half an hour", Bryant said to laughter from supporters as he signed the bill.
The bill allows two exceptions: if the mother's life is endangered by the pregnancy or if the fetus has medical problems that would make it "incompatible with life" outside the womb at full term. That's out of about 2,500 abortions performed statewide, mostly at the clinic. In 2012, that same clinic, The Jackson Women's Health Organization, filed a lawsuit challenging a different bill Bryant signed into law. Carr-Ellis said women shouldn't be forced to carry their pregnancies to term against their wills or leave the state to obtain abortions.
Pregnancies resulting from rape and incest aren't exempted from the new law.
When asked if the state is prepared to bear the cost of a lawsuit, Gunn said, "Absolutely". The Mississippi measure is specifically created to challenge those rulings, trying to get courts to rule states can restrict abortion before viability. "The 15-week marker has no bearing in science".
Bryant has said before he wants to make MS the "safest place in America for an unborn child".
Several conservative groups, including the Mississippi Center for Public Policy, were consulted when the measure was being written.
Republican Gov. Phil Bryant signed House Bill 1510 on Monday afternoon.
Mississippi's only abortion clinic is asking a federal judge to block a law banning most abortions after 15 weeks of gestation, taking that step less than 24 hours after the law took effect.