A federal judge on Friday blocked a Mississippi law that banned abortions once a fetus’s heartbeat is detected, as early as six weeks into pregnancy.
Judge Carlton Reeves, an Obama appointee, wrote that the law “threatens immediate harm to women’s rights, especially considering most women do not seek abortion services until after 6 weeks.”
“This injury outweighs any interest the state might have in banning abortions after the detection of a fetal heartbeat,” he wrote.
The law was set to go into effect on July 1.
Reeves had reportedly expressed anger and frustration during a court hearing on the law earlier this week. CNN reported Tuesday that the judge was upset over the rule not including exemptions for rape or incest.