Ruling triggers state abortion ban – Mississippi’s Best Community Newspaper
NATCHEZ — Mississippi Attorney General Lynn Fitch released the required certification Monday morning in the Mississippi Administrative Bulletin, certifying the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization.
This notice triggered the Mississippi law banning abortion.
The Supreme Court decision reversed the court’s 1973 decision in Roe vs. Wade and returned to the states the determination of the legality of abortion.
In 2017, the Mississippi Legislature passed a law that basically reads if the Supreme Court struck down abortion at the federal level, the state of Mississippi would automatically ban abortion except in situations where the life of the mother is in danger or involves rape that has been duly reported to law enforcement authorities.
The 2017 law requires Fitch to certify the Supreme Court’s decision. The law requires abortions in the state, with exceptions, to be illegal within 10 days of this certification, which means the Mississippi abortion ban will go into effect Wednesday, July 6.
“Mississippi’s laws to promote life are strong and thanks to the clear and firm opinion of the Court in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, they can now take effect,” Fitch said in a press release on Monday. “As we have said throughout this case, Roe vs. Wade presented a false choice between a woman’s future and her child’s life. As we move forward in this post-Roe world, people in Mississippi and across the states will be able to fully engage in the work of empowering women and promoting life. I am grateful that the Court gave us this opportunity.
A similar series of trigger laws have been in effect in Louisiana since 2006. These laws were thought to immediately ban medical and surgical abortions in the state following the Supreme Court ruling.
However, on Monday, a judge temporarily blocked that state’s trigger law until July 8 after a lawsuit was filed by abortion clinics and lawyers, claiming that the trigger laws of the State were “unconstitutionally vague”.
The Orleans Parish Civil District Court judge issued a temporary restraining order restraining the state from enforcing its ban.