'Heartbeat' abortion: Federal judge blocks Mississippi's law

JACKSON, Miss. – A federal judge on Friday issued a strongly worded preliminary injunction blocking Mississippi's "heartbeat" abortion law , that would have banned abortions as early as six weeks into a pregnancy, when a fetal heartbeat is detected. U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves' order will combine the lawsuit against Mississippi's fetal heartbeat ban with an ongoing one against the state's previous 15-week abortion ban.

"Here we go again," Reeves wrote. "Mississippi has passed another law banning abortions prior to viability. The latest interpretation (Mississippi's new law) bans abortions in Mississippi after a fetal heartbeat is detected, which is as early as 6 weeks."

The Center for Reproductive Rights had filed a lawsuit challenging Mississippi's latest abortion ban, which was set to become law July 1.

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