JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Mississippi's attorney general says he will appeal a federal judge's ruling striking down one of the most restrictive abortion laws in the U.S.
Democrat Jim Hood said Friday that the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has not ruled in any case dealing with laws banning abortion between 15 and 20 weeks' gestation. He says it's his duty to appeal to the 5th Circuit, which handles cases from Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas.
U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves ruled Tuesday that a Mississippi law banning most abortions after 15 weeks "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.