JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - The Mississippi Senate passed a bill Wednesday that prohibits abortions when a fetal heartbeat is detected.
SB 2116 provides an exemption for cases of medical emergencies. The bill now goes to the state House for consideration.
“A beating heart means life has begun and should be protected,” said Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves. “This bill is another step in our work to make Mississippi the safest place in America for an unborn child.”
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. 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.