A U.S. district judge on Friday blocked Mississippi’s restrictive law, setting the stage for more court battles as conservative lawmakers continue to challenge Roe v. Wade.
U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves heard arguments on Tuesday over a request from Mississippi’s only remaining abortion clinic to prevent the law from going into effect on July 1.
The clinic, Jackson Women’s Health Organization, filed a lawsuit to block the law, which once a fetal heartbeat is detected.
Reeves previously struck down a law Mississippi enacted banning abortions after 15 weeks, writing in November that it .
The new law, which Republican Gov. Phil Bryant signed in March, states that physicians who perform abortions after a fetal heartbeat is