Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant is signing a bill banning a commonly used second-trimester abortion procedure, setting the state up for a possible legal challenge.
House Bill 519, signed Friday, outlaws a procedure called dilation and evacuation unless an abortion is required to prevent a mother’s irreversible physical impairment. It would prohibit abortions extracting a live fetus in pieces using instruments such as clamps and forceps.
The bill’s supporters describe the procedure as dismemberment and say it’s unnecessarily cruel.