Mississippi House sends abortion procedure ban to governor

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – Mississippi would ban a commonly used second-trimester abortion procedure under a bill headed to Gov. Phil Bryant’s desk.

The House voted 85-32 Tuesday to approve Senate changes to the legislation.

Gov. Phil Bryant’s spokesman didn’t immediately respond to questions about whether he would sign the bill. Bryant generally opposes abortion.

The measure would outlaw a procedure called dilation and evacuation unless an abortion is required to prevent a mother’s irreversible physical impairment. It would prohibit abortions extracting a live fetus in pieces using instruments such as clamps and forceps.

The bill’s supporters describe the procedure as dismemberment and say it’s unnecessarily cruel.

State courts have blocked similar laws in Kansas and Oklahoma. West Virginia lawmakers overrode a governor’s veto last month to pass a similar law.

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