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Mississippi governor signs heartbeat bill

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 3/21/19, 01:43 pm

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant, a Republican, on Thursday signed a law that will protect babies from abortion once they have a detectable heartbeat, usually at about six weeks of gestation. The law says an abortionist who ends a pregnancy after a baby’s heartbeat is detected could face revocation of his or her medical license. It includes exceptions if a pregnancy endangers a woman’s life or one of her major bodily functions.

The Center for Reproductive Rights called the law “blatantly unconstitutional” and said it would sue to block it from taking effect July 1. Bryant responded on Twitter, saying, “We will all answer to the good Lord one day. I will say in this instance, ‘I fought for the lives of innocent babies, even under threat of legal action.’”

Gov. Matt Bevin of Kentucky, also a Republican, signed a heartbeat bill on March 14, but a federal judge has temporarily blocked it. Last year, a judge in Iowa halted a heartbeat bill from taking effect in that state, saying the law violated the Iowa Constitution.


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Lynde Langdon

Lynde is a WORLD Digital’s managing editor and reports on popular and fine arts. She lives in Wichita, Kan., with her husband and two daughters. Follow Lynde on Twitter @lmlangdon.

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  • OldMike
    Posted: Thu, 03/21/2019 04:09 pm

    Thank you! to Gov. Bryant and the Mississippi Legislature!  And to leaders of other States who are working to reduce or eliminate abortion. 

    Gov. Bryant is absolutely correct, a Day of Reckoning will come, and it’s far better to be on the side of Life. 

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