Liberal activist District Judge Carlton Reeves was obviously upset that Mississippi lawmakers dared to enact yet another anti-abortion law in his district, so on Friday he signed a ruling preventing it from going into effect on July 1 as scheduled.
“Here we go again. Mississippi has passed another law banning abortions prior to viability. It sure smacks of defiance to this court.”
“Here we go again,” Reeves lamented. “Mississippi has passed another law banning abortions prior to viability.” He tossed out a similar law already. “It sure smacks of defiance to this court.” Lawmakers see his response as legislation from the bench.
The controversial Mississippi law prevents women from getting an abortion once the fetal heartbeat is detected, which usually happens around the sixth week of pregnancy.
Reeves makes it obvious that he’s either fed up with his job or the legislators of the district he works in. In 2018 he ruled against a law that would ban abortions at the 15 week stage.
Attorneys for the only clinic in the state that perform the procedure complained that the law would stop all abortions, their excuse was because most woman don’t know they’re pregnant that soon.
The state’s counter argument was that the law only actually limits when abortions can be performed. Reeves wasn’t buying it. In his written opinion, Reeves noted that the new measures take away “a woman s free choice,” which he believes is central to personal dignity.
Mississippi’s Governor, Phil Bryant, voiced his displeasure to the press following the ruling. “As Governor, I’ve pledged to do all I can to protect life.”
Lawmakers in other states including Georgia and Alabama have passed what politicians call “advanced restrictive abortion measurements.” These are laws that make it a felony to perform an abortion at any stage. All bans in any state are expected to be challenged.
Even with the conservative majority in the Supreme Court, liberals are hoping to overturn Roe vs Wade, the 1973 Supreme Court Ruling that made abortion legal nation wide.