JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - A bill to ban abortion after 20 weeks' gestation is advancing to the full Mississippi Senate for more debate later.
The Senate Public Health and Welfare Committee passed House Bill 1400 on Wednesday. It passed the House 89-22 on Feb. 13.
Twenty weeks is halfway through a full-term pregnancy of 40 weeks. Exceptions to the 20-week ban would be made to prevent permanent physical damage or death of the pregnant woman, or in cases of several fetal abnormalities.
The most recent Health Department statistics show 2,176 abortions were done in Mississippi in 2012. Two were listed at 21 weeks or later, and 382 were listed as unknown gestational age.
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