(CNSNews.com) -- Phil Bryant, the Republican governor of Mississippi, signed a bill into law on March 21 that prohibits abortions after a baby's heartbeat can be detected, which is at approximately six weeks. In a tweet about the legislation, the governor said all people will answer to God one day and he wants to be able to say, "I fought for the lives of innocent babies."
"We will answer to the good Lord one day," tweeted Gov. Bryant on March 20. "I will say in this instance, 'I fought for the lives of innocent babies, even under threat of legal action."
The pro-abortion Center for Reproductive Rights has stated that it will file a lawsuit against the legislation.
The new law in Mississippi (S.B. 2116) amends state law to "prohibit an abortion of an unborn human individual with a detectable fetal heartbeat except to prevent the death of the pregnant woman or to prevent a serious risk of the substantial and irreversible impairment of a major bodily function of the woman." A doctor who performs an abortion on an unborn child whose heartbeat is detectable could lose his medical license or face other disciplinary action, under the new law.
When asked about potential lawsuits challenging the hartbeat bill, Gov. Bryant said, “They don’t have to sue us. It’s up to them. 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.”
Mississippi's Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves tweeted on the legislation, "In Mississippi, we value life. We defend the innocent unborn. ... The people pushing unlimited abortion will not win. We will do the right thing and protect our children."
Rev. Franklin Graham also thanked Gov. Bryant in a tweet "for protecting life in Mississippi," and added, "Who can argue against a beating heart?"
Jameson Taylor, vice president for policy at the conservative Mississippi Center for Public Policy, said, “The heartbeat bill is popular because everyone knows a heartbeat is a sign of life. Intellectual and scientific honesty demands a reconsideration of Roe, a 50-year-old decision based on old science. 3-D and 4-D ultrasounds are showing women that their unborn child is alive.”
The Center for Reproductive Rights said, "This law would ban abortion before most women know that they’re pregnant. Already, Mississippi has a slew of abortion restrictions and only one abortion clinic, making it nearly impossible to access abortion before six weeks of pregnancy.... This new prohibition ... is blatantly unconstitutional.... [W]e are ready to take Mississippi to court to protect all women in the state.”