>> Mississippi Governor, Phil Bryant, on Monday, signed into law one of the most restrictive abortion bills in the US, prohibiting women from having an abortion after just 15 weeks of pregnancy. Bryant, a Republican, previously said he wanted to make Mississippi the safest place in America for an unborn child.
>> We have a human being, 15 weeks old, and people believe that you ought to be able to destroy that life. We don't. So I'm very encouraged about where we're at, and I hope at some point Mississippi is free of abortion completely, and I hope it is before I leave office.
>> The law makes no exemption for cases of rape or incest. The only exceptions to the 15 week limit are if the women's life or if major bodily functions are threatened, or if the fetus has health problems making it incompatible with life outside of the womb at full term.
Diane Derzis, owner of Mississippi's last standing abortion clinic, reportedly plans to file a lawsuit over the measure, calling it unconstitutional. The Supreme Court legalized abortion in its 1973 Roe versus Wade ruling. The decision protected the right to obtain an abortion before the fetus is able to survive outside the womb.
Other states have tried to pass bans after 12 and even 6 weeks. Federal courts overturned both those laws. Mississippi's law punishes those who perform abortions after 15 weeks with up to ten years in prison.