JACKSON, MISS– Governor Phil Bryant has signed a bill that bans dilation and evacuation as a form of abortion in the second trimester.
This method, commonly used after 12 weeks gestation, uses tools such as clamps and forceps to pull a fetus apart piece by piece and remove it from the womb.
Jackson Women’s Health Organization, the state’s only abortion clinic, performs that particular method until 15 weeks gestation. A baby’s gender can be determined as early as 20 weeks.
The ban would not apply to a woman who has to consider abortion because pregnancy threatens her life, or could “cause a significant physical impairment.”