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Posted: Nov. 20, 2018 4:42 PM
Updated: Nov. 21, 2018 9:26 AM

Update 11/21/18 9:26 a.m.

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi's governor is signaling that he wants to appeal a ruling striking down an abortion law that would have been one of the most restrictive in the country.

The measure sought to ban most abortions after 15 weeks.

U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves ruled Tuesday that the measure violated women's constitutional rights and U.S. Supreme Court precedent.

Spokesman Knox Graham tells The Associated Press on Wednesday that Gov. Phil Bryant "fully supports the defense of this law moving forward."

Supporters of the law have always intended it as a test case seeking a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that states can prohibit abortions before a fetus can survive outside the womb. Current federal law says states cannot ban abortions earlier.

Reeves blocked Mississippi's law, enacted earlier this year, from taking effect.

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JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A federal judge has struck down a Mississippi abortion law that is one of the most restrictive in the United States.

The Mississippi law bans most abortions after 15 weeks.

U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves ruled Tuesday that it "unequivocally" violates women's constitutional rights.

The only abortion clinic in Mississippi sued when Republican Gov. Phil Bryant signed the law March 19, and Reeves issued a temporary restraining order the next day to keep the state from enforcing the law.

The law and the responding lawsuit set up a confrontation sought by abortion opponents, who are hoping federal courts will ultimately prohibit abortions before a fetus is viable. Current federal law does not.

An Iowa law, also challenged in court, bans most abortions once a fetal heartbeat is detected.

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