U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves has permanently forbidden the state from enforcing a law that would allow abortions after 15 weeks only when a mother’s life is jeopardized or the fetus is so severely malformed that it would not later be able to survive outside the womb.
The law was signed by the governor in March 2018.
The law never went into effect because Reeves granted a temporary injunction when the state’s only abortion clinic, Jackson Women’s Health Organization, immediately filed the lawsuit against Mary Currier as state health officer for the state Health Department.
In Tuesday’s opinion, Reeves said, “Mississippi’s law violates Supreme Court precedent, and in doing so it disregards the Fourteenth Amendment guarantee of autonomy for women desiring to control their own reproductive health.”
The Jackson Women’s Health Organization also challenged other aspects of the abortion law that Reeves will rule on separately.