US appeals court to hear Mississippi 15-week abortion ban

US appeals court to hear Mississippi 15-week abortion ban
Federal appeals court judges will hear arguments over a Mississippi law that would ban most abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy. (Source: AP)

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Federal appeals court judges will hear arguments over a Mississippi law that would ban most abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy.

Republican Gov. Phil Bryant signed the law in 2018, and the state's only abortion clinic immediately sued.

U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves blocked the law, writing that it “unequivocally” violates women’s constitutional rights because it bans abortion weeks before viability.

In arguments Monday, Mississippi will ask the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to overturn Reeves' ruling and let the law take effect.

The Mississippi clinic says it does abortions through 16 weeks of pregnancy.

The conservative 5th Circuit handles cases from Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas.

Louisiana passed a 15-week abortion ban in 2018, but it becomes law only if a federal court upholds the Mississippi law.

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