December 17, 2019

Mississippi Governor Says Battle over 15-Week Abortion Ban will Continue to Supreme Court

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant
Credit: U.S. Department of Agriculture
After 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Patrick Higginbotham ruled against a Mississippi law that would ban abortion 15 weeks, Republican Governor Phil Bryant stated on Twitter, “Mississippi will continue this mission to the United States Supreme Court.”

Both the decision and the governor's tweet were made public last Friday. Judge Patrick Higginbotham cited precedent as his reasoning for his ruling.

“In an unbroken line dating to Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court’s abortion cases have established (and affirmed, and re-affirmed) a woman’s right to choose an abortion before viability,” he said in the ruling. “States may regulate abortion procedures prior to viability so long as they do not impose an undue burden on the woman’s right but they may not ban abortions.”

Pro-lifers are hopeful that changes in the makeup of the Supreme Court might cause Roe v. Wade to be overturned once cases like these make it to the Supreme Court.

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