The measure, which is poised to become law once signed by the governor, allows for exceptions only in a “medical emergency and in cases of severe fetal abnormality.” It does not allow abortion in cases involving rape or incest. Fifteen weeks is calculated from the first day of the woman’s last menstrual period.
The bill defines severe fetal abnormality as a physical condition “incompatible with life outside the womb.”
Gov. Phil Bryant has signaled that he will sign the bill.
“As I have repeatedly said, I want Mississippi to be the safest place in America for an unborn child,” he wrote on Twitter. “House Bill 1510 will help us achieve that goal.”
The bill passed on Tuesday in the Mississippi Senate, after lawmakers removed language imposing criminal penalties that would involve jail time. Physicians could still lose their state medical licenses and receive a civil penalty of up to $500. On Thursday, the House approved the amended text in a 75-34 vote, according to The Associated Press.
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