In early April, the two chambers of the State of Mississippi (United States) voted unanimously to ban abortions after the 20th week of amenorrhoea, i.e. 18th week of pregnancy, with no exception for rape or incest. This draft bill authorises two dispensations: if the mother’s life is in danger or when it has been established that the foetus has no chance of survival (Gènéthique press review on April 8th, 2014). Governor Phil Bryant has just countersigned this bill.
As far as the President of Americans United for Life is concerned, “late abortions are life-threatening for both mother and child. A woman who wishes to abort at 20 weeks (5 months) is 35 times more likely to die from an abortion than during the first trimester of pregnancy”.