A federal judge has issued an order temporarily blocking implementation of a Mississippi ban on abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy.

The appeals will continue. Mississippi is hoping  to find enough Trump judges somewhere to override 45 years of federal precedent that prevents bans of abortions pre-viability. Arkansas went down this road in 2015 with a 12-week abortion ban that was decisively struck down, including by the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, known for its conservatism.


There’s this in Think Progress, though, about the fetus obsession of Mississippi politicians:

Republican Gov. Phil Bryant has said he aims to make Mississippi the safest place in America for an unborn child, but the state is faring poorly when it comes to protecting infants and children. According to a 2018 report by the United Health Foundation, Mississippi is ranked as the worst state in the country for clinical care for children and has the highest infant mortality and premature death rates.

Mississippi also tried, but was again blocked in court, to defund Planned Parenthood, whose many basic health services include long-term contraception that prevents unwanted pregnancies and, thus, abortions.


Mississippi also refused to participate in the Medicaid expansion program because why should one of the poorest states need health coverage for families?

Bryant may protect fetuses, but he’s doing a damn poor job of protecting living children.