U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves comes to the rescue.
Courtesy of WaPo:
A federal judge has blocked a Mississippi law that would have imposed one of the nation’s strictest bans on abortion by outlawing the procedure after six weeks of pregnancy — before many women know they’re pregnant.
U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves ruled on Friday that the ban, set to become law on July 1, won’t take effect while the lawsuit against it proceeds. Reeves’s decision is similar to his 2018 ruling that declared a 15-week ban unconstitutional.
“Here we go again,” the judge’s pointed order began. “Mississippi has passed another law banning abortions prior to viability. … The parties have been here before. Last spring, plaintiffs successfully challenged Mississippi’s ban on abortion after 15 weeks. The Court ruled that the law was unconstitutional and permanently enjoined its enforcement. The State responded by passing an even more restrictive bill.”
As Reeves weighed arguments in the case on Tuesday, he criticized the state’s lawmakers for doubling down on further restrictions.
“It sure smacks of defiance to this court,” Reeves said.
Of course, we know that this will be appealed because the ultimate goal is to get this case to the Supreme Court where conservatives are hoping the deck is stacked in their favor.
Even as this law hit its first roadblock Missouri has also signed its own draconian anti-women law.
Courtesy of ABC 7:
Missouri Gov. Mike Parson on Friday signed a bill that bans abortions on or beyond the eighth weeks of pregnancy without exceptions for cases of rape or incest, making it among the most restrictive abortion policies in the nation.
Under the law that comes into force Aug. 28, doctors who violate the eight-week cutoff could face five to 15 years in prison. A legal challenge is expected, although it’s unclear when that might occur.
The measure includes exceptions for medical emergencies, such as when there is a risk of death or permanent physical injuries to “a major bodily function of the pregnant woman.” But women who find themselves pregnant after being raped or subjected to incest will not be allowed to abort after eight weeks. Women who terminate their pregnancies cannot be prosecuted under the law.
When pressed last week on the rape and incest issue, Parson, a Republican, told reporters that “all life has value.” President Donald Trump has said he supports exceptions in cases of rape and incest in abortion bans.
So how many states are trying this shit now?
Let’s see Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia, Alaska, Kentucky, Ohio, Tennessee, and now Missouri have all introduced, or passed, laws that essentially take away a woman’s autonomy over her own body.
And here I bet you thought we were living in 2019, didn’t you?