MISSISSIPPI LAW RESTRICTING ABORTION ALIGNS WITH EUROPEAN NATIONS

MISSISSIPPI LAW RESTRICTING ABORTION ALIGNS WITH EUROPEAN NATIONS

Both sides of the abortion debate anticipate the Supreme Court will overturn Roe v. Wade this summer. Many U.S. states are passing restrictions on elective abortions that align with European abortion restrictions. Others, like California, are doubling down on radical abortion-on-demand, funding the cost of abortion using tax payers’ money.

The Mississippi law currently at issue before the Supreme Court in Dobbs v. Jack Women’s Health Organization would limit elective abortions starting at 15 weeks.  This is consistent with almost all European nations. Yet, the U.S. abortion industry depicts such types of restrictions on elective abortions as radical.

The Lozier Institute published key findings from its comprehensive study in 2021 about elective abortion in European counties. It concluded that Mississippi’s 15 week ban at issue before the Supreme Court is in the mainstream of European law.

The Lozier Institute findings are reproduced below: 

  • 47 out of 50 European nations limit elective abortion prior to 15 weeks. 
  • 14-week limit:  Five countries limit elective abortion to 14 weeks, including Germany and Belgium.
  • 12-week limit:  A majority of European countries (27) limit elective abortion to 12 weeks, including Denmark, France, and Norway.
  • Requires a reason for abortion:  Eight countries, including Great Britain and Finland, do not allow elective abortion, though some permit abortion for specific medical or socioeconomic reasons.
  • Zero out of 50 U.S. states have currently enforceable limits on abortion at 15 weeks.
  • No European nation allows elective abortion through all 9 months of pregnancy, as is effectively permitted in several U.S. states, including California, Massachusetts, Maryland, and New York.

 

It’s worth noting that the Texas Heartbeat bill, and other state laws modeled after it, creates an exclusively private cause of action against those who participate abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected, and does not involve a state-enforced ban.  South Dakota’s restriction on chemical abortion is not currently in force pending legal challenge.

As America envisions a post-Roe future, pro-life states are pursuing restrictions on elective abortions, bringing America in line with European nations. It is Planned Parenthood and the allies of the multi-million dollar abortion industry that are demanding to continue a radical unlimited legal “right” to kill pre-term babies on demand during all nine months of pregnancy — something far out of the mainstream for civilized nations.

 

Susan Swift Arnall, Esq.
susan@righttolifeleague.org

Civil Rights attorney for the Unborn, Wife and Mother of 7. Member California State Bar, SAG/AFTRA.