JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Restricting abortion has long been a conservative goal in Mississippi, and now, a Republican-appointed federal judge is considering the constitutionality of the state's stringent new abortion law.
Those who know U.S. District Judge Daniel P. Jordan (JER-dun) III say he doesn't play politics in the courtroom.
Jordan on July 1 temporarily blocked the new law that, if enforced, could shut down the state's only abortion clinic. On Wednesday, he'll hear arguments about whether he should extend that block.
John Reeves, a Republican former lawmaker who has had cases before Jordan, says the judge "doesn't have any agenda."
Another attorney, former state Democratic chairman Wayne Dowdy, agrees.