The law, which was signed on Thursday afternoon, would ban abortions after only six weeks of pregnancy before many women even know they are pregnant. The only exceptions are to prevent the death of a woman or her serious risk of impairment.
"The heartbeat has been the universal hallmark of life from the beginning," Bryant said in a speech before signing the bill. "I can remember the exciting moments both with my children and with my grandchildren when the first sonograms were recorded and this heartbeat was heard."
But this "celebration often becomes a tragedy when the child's life is taken," he continued. "We here in Mississippi believe in protecting and defending the entire life of this child … From education and security to health care, we struggle here in Mississippi, and today Senate Bill 2116 is beginning its earliest opportunity."  Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant is surrounded by lawmakers as he signs a bill that would ban most abortions as soon as a fetal heartbeat can be detected. ” src-mini=”//cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/190321163509-mississippi-heartbeat-bill-small-169.jpg” src-xsmall=”//cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/190321163509-mississippi-heartbeat-bill-medium-plus-169.jpg” src-small=”http://cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/190321163509-mississippi-heartbeat-bill-large-169.jpg” src-medium=”//cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/190321163509-mississippi-heartbeat-bill-exlarge-169.jpg” src-large=”//cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/190321163509-mississippi-heartbeat-bill-super-169.jpg” src-full16x9=”//cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/190321163509-mississippi-heartbeat-bill-full-169.jpg” src-mini1x1=”//cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/190321163509-mississippi-heartbeat-bill-small-11.jpg” data-demand-load=”not-loaded” data-eq-pts=”mini: 0, xsmall: 221, small: 308, medium: 461, large: 781″/>