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USLawyers: Mississippi making abortion 'virtually unavailable'

21:35  26 april  2019
21:35  26 april  2019 Source:

Florida House OKs bill requiring parental abortion consent

Florida House OKs bill requiring parental abortion consent Legislation that would require consent from a parent or guardian before a girl under 18 could obtain an abortion has passed the Florida House. The GOP-led House voted 69-44 on Wednesday for the bill, which now moves to the Senate where a similar bill is pending. The measure sponsored by GOP Rep. Erin Grall of Vero Beach would require that a minor get written, notarized permission from a parent or a legal guardian to obtain an abortion. Florida now only requires that parents be notified that their child is seeking an abortion.

JACKSON, Miss. — Reproductive rights attorneys say a Mississippi law banning most abortions at about six weeks of pregnancy is unconstitutional and will make the procedure "virtually unavailable" in the state.

In court papers filed Thursday, the attorneys give detailed arguments about why they want a federal judge to block the law from taking effect July 1.

State attorneys said last week that Mississippi has an interest in preserving fetal life "from the moment of conception."

The Center for Reproductive Rights and the Mississippi Center for Justice are representing Mississippi's only abortion clinic. They sued the state in March after Republican Gov. Phil Bryant signed a law banning most abortions once a fetal heartbeat is detected, about six weeks into pregnancy.

It is one of the strictest abortion laws in the U.S.

New Jersey Park Removes Mississippi Flag From Local Display, Denounces Its Confederate Roots.
Gov. Phil Murphy has ordered the Mississippi state flag removed from a display that includes each of the 50 state flags and overlooks the Statue of Liberty. The Mississippi flag displays a confederate battle emblem in the upper left corner. Murphy said, because of that, the flag does not reflect the values of “inclusivity and equality.” Murphy said he made the decision after Democratic state Sen. Sandra Cunningham raised the issue with him. Cunningham said in a statement that the flag symbolized “an era of hate, violence, and division.

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