Abortion Rights Take Another Hit in Mississippi and Florida

Elias Kuhn von Burgsdorff

Last week, Mississippi and Florida became the latest states making it harder for women to access safe abortions.The new law in Mississippi, frequently called the "20-week ban," forbids abortion 20 weeks after a woman's last period. Twenty-one other states in the country have enacted similar legislation; however, as RH Reality Check reports,  Mississippi’s version of the legislation contains no exceptions for rape or incest, and only a limited exception for the health of the pregnant person or for fatal abnormalities in the fetus. …  Like in Missouri,  Mississippi’s governor and state lawmakers have been targeting the state’s lone abortion clinic with restrictions and regulations. Republican Gov. Phil Bryant said that it is his goal to “end abortion in Mississippi."In Florida, the new law imposes additional restrictions on third-trimester abortions, banning them outright once a fetus is deemed viable.

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