Not long after Mississippi's governor signed the nation's most restrictive abortion rule into law, a federal judge temporarily blocked it.
U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves granted a temporary restraining order on Tuesday, just one day after Gov. Phil Bryant signed the controversial law. The state's only abortion clinic requested the order.
As we previously reported, the law bans abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy, even in cases of incest or rape. The only exceptions are for fetuses with health problems that make them "incompatible with life" or pregnancies that might threaten a woman's life.
Bryant has said before he wants to make Mississippi the "safest place in America for an unborn child." The state has one of the highest infant mortality rates in the nation.