Mississippi Bans Abortion After 20 Weeks

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant signed a new antiabortion bill Wednesday that would ban abortions after 20 weeks, without exceptions for rape or incest. According to the bill’s author, House Judiciary Chairman Andy Gipson, Mississippi was the last state in the Southeast without a ban on abortions after 20 weeks. The bill does have exceptions for when the mother’s life is in danger, or if the fetus has no chance of survival. Planned Parenthood called the bill “extreme” and pointed out the 20-week count begins from the woman’s last menstrual period, so it's actually an 18-week ban.