On Thursday, Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant signed into law one of the most restrictive abortion laws in the United States. The state's "heartbeat law" bans most abortions once a fetal heartbeat can be detected, which is typically about six weeks into pregnancy. Many pro-choice advocates are outraged by the law and if you feel similarly, here's how to fight Mississippi's abortion law.
Mississippi is the latest in a string of states to consider bills outlawing abortions once a heartbeat can be detected at six weeks. Those opposed to such measures have pointed out that many women aren't even aware that they are pregnant at six weeks, so these laws completely take away any semblance of choice, as the BBC reported.
Speaking to reporters outside of a bill signing ceremony at the State Capitol, Gov. Byrant told reporters that he isn't concerned about the numerous lawsuits that will likely follow his action. "They don't have to sue us. It's up to them," he said, according to NBC News. "If they do not believe in the sanctity of life, these that are in organizations like Planned Parenthood, we will have to fight that fight. But it is worth it."
In a statement opposing the heartbeat law, NARAL stated that the majority of Mississippi voters, and Americans in general, are opposed to this sort of law. "Seven in 10 Americans support access to legal abortion, and in 2011 Mississippi voters explicitly rejected a constitutional amendment that would have put the rights of a fetus above the rights of pregnant women," NARAL said in a statement said. "This latest move by the Mississippi legislature and Governor Bryant shows just how out-of-touch anti-choice politicians are with their voters and the real issues facing Mississippi families."
If you are looking to fight back against the growing trend to outlaw abortion as early as six weeks, here are a few ways you can voice your opinion.