Fighting the Fetal Heartbeat Law: Pro-Choice and Pro-Life Debate


The battle over the hot-button issue of abortion is intensifying tonight with more states testing strict bans and protests raging across the nation.

A federal judge in Mississippi will begin to hear arguments regarding the Fetal Heartbeat Law tomorrow. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, the only abortion clinic in Mississippi, is at the heart of the fight with the Center for Reproductive Rights doing their bidding.

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On Tuesday morning, the Center for Reproductive Rights will be asking a federal court to block the Fetal Heartbeat or Six Week Abortion Law before it takes effect on July 1st. Back in November, the courts struck down the 15 week abortion ban thanks to the center’s block. Center for Reproductive Rights Staff Attorney Hillary Schneller said, “Pregnancy and raising a child can change someone’s life in many ways. So, the decision about whether to continue a pregnancy has to be left to women.”

This time around they say it is just as simple as before because what Mississippi lawmakers are asking is unconstitutional. “There are decades of Supreme Court precedents that say no state can ban abortion before viability which is at the earliest 23 to 24 weeks.”

Some pro-life Mississippians are standing behind the Fetal Heartbeat Law, no matter the circumstances. Pro-Life Mississippi President Laura Duran said, “Rape and incest, I don’t think it is a big issue. I know it is hard for the mother, but we know that God will see her through it.”

But on the other side, they say it all comes back down to the landmark decision of Roe vs. Wade. Schneller said, “I think no matter a woman’s circumstance, she should be able to make the decision about whether to continue a pregnancy. Forcing someone to be pregnant is cruel.”

Abortion is still legal despite the confusion that comes with the many decisions made in states across the nation. Those who are pro-life are far from giving up on making Mississippi abortions a thing of the past. Duran said, “We will continue to work towards the day that all human lives will be protected and valued.”

Representatives from Pro-Life Mississippi say they plan on attending court Tuesday morning to hear what U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves decides. “We are praying that he will understand the value of life and respect it and honor it as God’s creation.”

Governors in Kentucky, Ohio, and Georgia have signed bans on abortion once a fetal heartbeat is detected around six weeks. Alabama’s governor signed a measure making abortion a felony in nearly all cases.

Tomorrow in Jackson, the #stopthebans rally at the Mississippi State Capitol will begin at noon put on by the Mississippi Black Women’s Roundtable. They say they will show up to speak out and fight back against this “unconstitutional attempt to change Roe vs. Wade and punish women.”


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