Attorney General Jim Hood says he will appeal a federal judge’s decision to strike Mississippi’s 15 week abortion ban to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans.
“Although other federal circuits which have reviewed 15-20 week abortion bans have found them to be unconstitutional, our Fifth Circuit has not yet reviewed a case like this. Because there is no controlling decision from our Fifth Circuit, it is our duty to appeal this ruling to the Fifth Circuit.”
Earlier this week Federal District Judge Carlton Reeves issued a ruling declaring the ban unconstitutional.
He said in his opinion the legislature and Governor Phil Bryant knew the measure was illegal when it was originally passed.
“The state chose to pass a law it knew was unconstitutional to endorse a decades long campaign, fueled by national interest groups, to ask the Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade,” Reeves wrote. “This court follows the commands of the Supreme Court and the dictates of the United States Constitution, rather than the disingenuous calculations of the Mississippi Legislature.”
H.B. 1510 known as the ‘Gestational Age Act’ limited abortions to 15 weeks and did not exclude cases of rape or incest
A suit was filed challenging the law the day after it was signed by Governor Phil Bryant.
Shannon Brewer with the Jackson Women’s Health Organization responded by saying:
“Another waste of taxpayer dollars, another waste of time.”
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