A federal appeals court has upheld a block on Mississippi’s “heartbeat” abortion law that prohibits the procedure once an unborn baby’s heartbeat can be detected, at about the sixth week of pregnancy.
A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit temporarily blocked the law, stating it is unconstitutional because it would ban abortion before a baby could live outside the uterus, reported UPI.
In December, the Fifth Circuit also blocked another Mississippi law banning abortions after the 15th week of pregnancy.
Mississippi became the first state to ban abortions after the 15th week of pregnancy in March 2018.
As Fox News reported, 18 states have already either introduced or passed bills that ban abortion once a heartbeat can be detected.
BREAKING: We just won our case challenging Mississippi’s 6-week abortion ban at the Fifth Circuit.
We already blocked the state’s 15-week ban, and this 6-week ban is an even more extreme attempt to take away the rights of Mississippi residents. Not on our watch.
— Center for Reproductive Rights (@ReproRights) February 20, 2020