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Abortion legislation passes Senate committee

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Published: Feb. 5, 2019 at 4:13 PM CST
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A bill to ban abortions when a fetal heartbeat is detected has been passed by the Mississippi Senate Public Health and Welfare Committee Tuesday, according to Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves.

SB 2116, which provides an exemption for cases of medical emergencies, heads to the full Senate for consideration.

The bill is sponsored by Sens. Angela Hill, R-Picayune, and Chris Caughman, R-Mendenhall.

Supporters and opponents of the bill anticipate a court fight. Gov. Phil Bryant has said he will sign one of the bills that are moving to the full House and Senate for more work. An Iowa judge struck down a similar law there last month.

Mississippi last year enacted a law banning abortion after 15 weeks. A federal judge declared it unconstitutional. The state is asking an appeals court to overturn that ruling.

Several states could consider tighter abortion restrictions to get a legal challenge up to the more conservative U.S. Supreme Court.

The state of Alabama is among twenty-one states urging the U.S. Supreme Court to let the state ban a commonly used second trimester abortion procedure.

The states filed a brief with the high court Monday asking justices to review the constitutionality of the Alabama law that was blocked by lower courts. Justices have not said if they will hear the case.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.