Judge angry over 'defiance' of Miss. to pass another abortion law

Wednesday, May 22, 2019
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Chris Woodward (OneNewsNow.com)

gavel with stethoscopeIt appears a federal judge known for his liberal-leaning rulings took offense at Mississippi's heartbeat law.

U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves is quoted in a USA Today story criticizing the state’s newest law and appearing to suggest it offends him personally since he struck down Mississippi's ban on abortions after 15 weeks last year.

In the May 21 court hearing, Reeves seemed to take offense that lawmakers passed a six-week bill after he struck down the 15-week law.

The new law “smacks of defiance of this court,” he said from the bench.

Gov. Phil Bryant signed the legislation into law in March and it was scheduled to take effect July 1 until a lawsuit was predictably filed to stop it.

The Center for Reproductive Rights filed the lawsuit on behalf of Mississippi’s only abortion clinic, USA Today reported.

Responding to the judge’s comments, state Sen. Angela Hill, a co-sponsor of the heartbeat bill, said in a statement that an unborn child with a beating heart deserves to live and not end up in a medical waste bin.

“The right to kill one's offspring is not something I will ever embrace nor should the court,” Hill continued. “Science and Technology now prove that the unborn are not merely extensions of a woman's body. The unborn person's DNA, which is the building block of life, is unique to them. The judges can't continue to ignore science for political purposes.”

Both the Mississippi House and Senate rejected efforts to allow abortion exceptions for rape or incest which apparently angered Reeves, too. He described the scenario of a child who has been raped and must go through with the pregnancy if the heartbeat is detected.

Pro-life advocates contend that abortions make up approximately one percent of all abortions, however, and the child in that scenario can naturally travel to another state with more liberal abortion laws.  

Mississippi state Rep. Mark Baker tells OneNewsNow it appears that Reeves will strike down the new law, so the state needs to be ready to appeal to the 5th Circuit and, if necessary, to the U.S. Supreme Court.

"This is the Roe v Wade argument, and as Justice Scalia eloquently stated on so many occasions, the power is not found in the Constitution," Baker says. "Where the federal government is not empowered by the Constitution is reserved by the exercise of democratic process with the legislatures, and with respect to Judge Reeves it is time that this be recognized."

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