Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant on Monday signed a bill into law that would ban abortions after 15 weeks, the most restrictive in the U.S.
The law, which is likely to face legal challenges, provides exemptions if a fetus would be unable to survive outside the womb or if a pregnant woman’s life or “major bodily function” is threatened. It does not provide exemptions for rape or incest.
Bryant, a Republican, has said he wants Mississippi to be the “safest place in America for an unborn child.”
Shortly after Bryant signed the ban into law, the Center for Reproductive Rights filed a lawsuit on behalf of the only abortion clinic in the state, Jackson Women’s Health Organization. The clinic performs abortions up to 16 weeks and had pledged to sue.