Judge notes ‘sad irony’ of men deciding abortion rights as he strikes Mississippi’s abortion law

(CNN)A federal judge on Tuesday blocked a Mississippi state law that sought to forbid most abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy, writing a sharply worded opinion with implications for states weighing similar measures. Judge Carlton Reeves, district judge for the Southern District of Mississippi, wrote that the law “unequivocally” infringes upon a women’s 14th Amendment due process rights and defies Supreme Court precedents. Citing evidence that viability begins at between 23 and 24 weeks, Reeves wrote that “there is no legitimate state interest strong enough, prior to viability, to justify a ban on abortions.” “The state chose to pass a law it knew was unconstitutional to endorse a decadeslong campaign, fueled by national interest groups, to ask the Supreme Court …