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How A Lawsuit From Mississippi’s Lone Licensed Abortion Clinic Led To The Supreme Court Case Of A Generation

In March 2018, Governor Phil Bryant (R-MS) enacted an abortion ban similar to those on the books in many European countries, saying that abortion clinics in Mississippi would be barred from aborting pre-born babies after 15 weeks of pregnancy. 

But the ban, called the Gestational Age Act, never went into effect — Jackson Women’s Health Organization, Mississippi’s only licensed abortion clinic, sued to stop it. 

“This is the way that they chip away at abortion until it goes away,” Jackson Women’s Health Director Shannon Brewer recently said of the law. “It’s 15 weeks, and then it’s gonna be 14 weeks, and then it’s gonna be 10. This is the way that they do it.”

The law wouldn’t have changed much, as the abortion clinic said it already did not perform abortions after 16 weeks of pregnancy. Even at its signing, Bryant did not view the 15-week ban as a final victory, but simply

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