- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 29, 2016

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Mississippi senators are supporting a ban on a commonly-used second-trimester abortion procedure.

The Senate voted 40-6 Tuesday to pass House Bill 519 (https://bit.ly/1UAVVRp), sending it back to the House for more work.

The measure would outlaw a procedure called dilation and evacuation, using language backed by the Washington-based National Right to Life Committee, unless an abortion was required to prevent irreversible physical impairment to the mother. It would prohibit any abortion that would extract a live fetus in pieces from the uterus using instruments like clamps and forceps.

Sen. Joey Fillingane, a Sumrall Republican who opposes abortion, describes the procedure as unnecessarily cruel.

State courts have blocked similar laws that Kansas and Oklahoma enacted in 2015. West Virginia lawmakers overrode a governor’s veto March 14 to pass a similar law.

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