Mississippi trigger law that bans most abortions can take effect Thursday: Judge

A judge in Mississippi declined a request Tuesday from the state’s only abortion clinic to block a trigger law that bans most abortion procedures in the state from taking effect.

The law was passed in the state’s legislature in 2007 and bans all abortions, with exceptions for when a woman’s life is in danger or if the pregnancy is caused by a rape that has been reported to law enforcement, though there are no exceptions for incest.

Jackson Women’s Health Organization, the state’s only abortion clinic, sued state officials last month to challenge the ban, arguing such procedures are protected under state Supreme Court precedent. The lawsuit was filed by the same clinic at the core of the case that resulted in the overturning of Roe v. Wade last month, when the highest court in the land issued its ruling in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization .

The trigger law will go into effect on Thursday as a result of the ruling in Dobbs, which allowed states to impose abortion restrictions.

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