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Mississippi has some of the most restrictive abortion laws in the country, making it difficult and sometimes impossible to access abortion care in the state. People seeking abortion care must make two in-person visits to the clinic, delay their abortion by at least 24 hours after the first visit, and endure state-mandated biased counseling.
The state also singles out abortion providers with laws that restrict the provision of abortion to physicians only, ban the use of telemedicine for abortion care, and are designed to shut down clinics. Several of these laws are being challenged by the Center, co-counsel, and Jackson Women’s Health in a single lawsuit that also included challenges to the state’s six-week and 15-week bans on abortion.
Mississippi is one of 12 states with trigger bans, intended to prohibit abortion entirely if Roe v. Wade is overturned. It is also one of the 14 states that have recently passed pre-viability abortion bans; other bans have passed in Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Ohio, Oklahoma, Missouri, Montana, Tennessee, Texas, South Carolina, and Utah.
In 2019, Mississippi also passed a six-week abortion ban. The state’s 15-week ban, being challenged in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health, is the first of these recent bans to make it to the Supreme Court.