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Mississippi Prohibits Abortion After Fetal Heartbeat

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Governor Phil Bryant signed one of the nation's most restrictive abortion laws

The Governor of Mississippi has signed a bill prohibiting abortion after a fetal heartbeat that is about six months pregnant.

The law, which will become one of the most restrictive in the US, is expected to be challenged in court before its entry into force in July.

Critics say the prohibition's purpose is "to ban the process before most women even know they are pregnant."

There are a number of new restrictions on abortion among conservative states.

"We believe this demonstrates the deepest respect and desire of the Mississippians to protect the sanctity of this unborn life whenever possible," said Governor Phil Bryant after signing Senate Bill 21

16 on Thursday.

He added that he and other Republican politicians are persecuted every year "by hundreds of thousands of babies who are being murdered throughout the nation".

In Mississippi, an abortion ban was imposed after 15 weeks In November 2018, however, he was almost immediately blocked by a judge who later abrogated the law, saying it "clearly" violated the woman's constitutional right to abortion.

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Critics in Mississippi say the bill is likely to be overturned and that the state is wasting its money by a judicial defense.

Lt. Gov Tate Reeves, who also supported the law, said the state would "pay what it costs to defend this lawsuit because I'm interested in unborn children."

Only one Republican in the chamber, reportedly the country's most male-dominated statehouse, voted against the bill.

MEP Missy McGee told Clarion Ledger, "I can not support legislation that makes such tough decisions for other women."

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