Mississippi Lawmakers Pass Most Restrictive Abortion Ban in U.S.

The country's most restrictive abortion policy passed the Mississippi House on Thursday and is now in the hands of Governor Phil Bryant, who has said he intends to sign it into law. The bill, which passed the House in a 75-34 vote after the state Senate made changes to the legislation, will “ban abortions 15 weeks after a woman’s last menstrual period.” The current law bans abortions 20 weeks after a woman’s last period. The Senate’s change to the bill, which is expected to prompt legal challenges, removed criminal charges for doctors who violate the law.