In response to the block of Mississippi’s 6-week abortion ban in federal court, Joshua Tom, legal director of the ACLU of Mississippi, had the following statement:

“After a federal court declared last year’s 15-week abortion ban unequivocally unconstitutional, the Mississippi legislature doubled down this session with the fetal heartbeat ban, which prohibited abortion as early as six weeks. Many women do not know they are pregnant at six weeks.

“It is no surprise that Mississippi legislators as well as several other state legislatures have been emboldened by President Trump, who appointed anti-abortion justices to the Supreme Court with the clear intention of overturning Roe v. Wade. The ACLU of Mississippi is thrilled that Judge Reeves’ decision to block Mississippi’s six-week ban regards the binding Supreme Court precedent.

“The decision whether to become a parent is in the hands of those who are involved. It is not the politicians’ decisions to make, nor is it within their right to take away a woman’s ‘personal dignity and autonomy’.”