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Mississippi adopts earliest protection for unborn babies


Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant Associated Press/Photo by Rogelio V. Solis

Mississippi adopts earliest protection for unborn babies

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant on Monday signed into law the earliest protection in the nation for unborn babies. The bill bans abortion after 15-weeks gestation, rolling back the state’s current 20-week limit. It passed through the state legislature by wide margins earlier this month. The Center for Reproductive Rights has promised to challenge the law’s constitutionality in court, calling it “the latest in the state’s string of cruel and unnecessary assaults on reproductive rights.” After the state legislature passed the new restriction, Bryant applauded it as making Mississippi the safest place in the nation for unborn babies. Challenges to the law are likely to take it all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court, which has generally established the standard of viability at 20 weeks gestation.


Leigh Jones

Leigh is acting managing editor for WORLD Radio. She is a World Journalism Institute graduate who spent six years as a newspaper reporter in Texas before joining WORLD. Leigh also co-wrote Infinite Monster: Courage, Hope, and Resurrection in the Face of One of America's Largest Hurricanes. She resides with her husband and daughter in Houston, Texas.

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