Federal Judge Who Struck Down Miss. Heartbeat Bill Served on Board of ACLU

Judge Carlton Reeves on Friday blocked Mississippi's fetal heartbeat abortion bill from becoming law July 1 in a strongly worded preliminary injunction.

Similarly, last year he struck down a law banning most abortions after 15 weeks.

A federal judge in Mississippi on Friday blocked a state law that prohibited abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected, around six weeks into pregnancy. U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves said in the ruling that the law "prevents a woman's free choice, which is central to personal dignity and autonomy."

"S.B. 2116 threatens immediate harm to women's rights, especially considering most women do not seek abortion services until after 6 weeks. Allowing the law to take effect would force the clinic to stop providing most abortion care," Reeves wrote.

Reeves, an Obama-appointed judge, also struck down Mississippi's 15-week ban late last year. The so-called "fetal heartbeat" bills ban an abortion as soon as six weeks, which is before many women know they are pregnant


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  • Federal judicial service

-On April 28, 2010, Carlton Reeves was nominated by President Barack Obama to fill a seat on the Southern District of Mississippi vacated by William Henry Barbour, Jr. Reeves was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on December 19, 2010 by voice vote.

  • Professional career

-Reeves began his legal career in 1991 as a staff attorney for the Supreme Court of Miss; later that year, he entered private practice as an associate at the Jackson, Miss. office of regional law firm Phelps Dunbar From '95 to 2001, Reeves served as Chief of the Civil Division for U.S. Attorney for the Southern Dist. of Miss. In 2001, Reeves returned to private practice to found his own firm. During his time in private practice, Reeves served on the boards of a number of civic organizations, including the ACLU of Mississippi