Mississippi governor signs 'heartbeat' abortion ban into law

Source: The Hill | March 21, 2019 | Justin Wise

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant (R) on Thursday signed an abortion bill that bans the procedure once a fetus has a detectable heartbeat, something that can generally happen within six weeks of a pregnancy. 

The new abortion law is one of the strictest in the country. Bryant said in a pair of tweets this week that lawmakers’ efforts to pass this bill were part of an initiative to protect the unborn. 

“We will all answer to the good Lord one day,” he said in a tweet on Wednesday. “I will say in this instance, ‘I fought for the lives of innocent babies, even under threat of legal action.’”


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