Mississippi Considering Post 20 Week Abortion Ban


(Jackson, MS) Abortions past 20 weeks gestation could be, for the most part, banned in Mississippi.

As written, exceptions would be made for the health of the woman and in cases of several fetal abnormalities.

Statistics show 2,176 abortions were performed in Mississippi in 2012 according to the Mississippi Health Department.

The Clarion Ledger reports two abortions were listed at 21 weeks or later, while 382 were listed as unknown gestational age.

If passed, Mississippi would join Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana and Texas.

Viability of a fetus is generally considered to start at 24 weeks.

House Bill 1400 passed the Mississippi House Judiciary Committee but has yet to go before the full House.

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