A black federal judge has blocked the passing of an abortion ban in Mississippi. If the law was passed, abortion six weeks into the pregnancy would have been illegal.
According to CNN, Judge Carlton Reeves issued a preliminary injunction blocking the bill from being implemented yesterday (May 24), saying that it “threatens immediate harm to women’s rights, especially considering most women do not seek abortions services until after six weeks.”
“By banning abortions after the detection of a fetal heartbeat, SB 226 prevents a woman’s free choice, which is central to personal dignity and autonomy,” Reeves added during the hearing.
Reeves had also blocked the passing of a bill making abortion illegal after 15 weeks of being pregnancy last year and deemed it “unconstitutional.”
This blocking of the abortion ban comes amidst Republican states making a major effort to overturn the 1973 U.S Supreme Court Roe v. Wade ruling that made abortion legal. Governors in Kentucky, Georgia and Ohio have introduced abortion bans making it illegal to perform the procedure once the baby has a heartbeat. Alabama governor Kay Ivey signed legislation that makes performing an abortion a felony while Missouri governor Mike L. Parson signed legislation banning abortion after eight weeks of pregnancy. The Planned Parenthood and the American Civil Liberties Union have filed a federal lawsuit over Alabama’s abortion ban, which is the most restrictive in the country.