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Mississippi poised to impose abortion ban, governor says

New York Daily News logo New York Daily News 12/5/2021 Shant Shahrigian

Mississippi is ready to enforce a nearly total crackdown on abortions if Roe v. Wade is overturned, the state’s Republican governor said on Sunday.

The U.S. Supreme Court is weighing Mississippi’s 15-week abortion ban and is expected to uphold the state’s law, decried by abortion rights advocates as too restrictive.

If the highest court in the land goes further and overturns the landmark Roe v. Wade decision affirming a woman’s right to choose, Gov. Tate Reeves vowed to enforce a nearly total ban in the Southern state.

“If you believe, as I believe very strongly, that the innocent unborn child in the mother’s womb is, in fact, a child, the most important word when we talk about unborn children is not unborn, but it’s children,” Reeves told CNN’s “State of the Union.” “And so, yes, I will do everything I can to protect the lives of those children.”

Mississippi will ban most abortions if Roe v. Wade is overturned, Governor Tate Reeves said on Sunday, as a potential landmark case plays out in the Supreme Court. © Rogelio V. Solis Mississippi will ban most abortions if Roe v. Wade is overturned, Governor Tate Reeves said on Sunday, as a potential landmark case plays out in the Supreme Court.

Mississippi will ban most abortions if Roe v. Wade is overturned, Governor Tate Reeves said on Sunday, as a potential landmark case plays out in the Supreme Court. (Rogelio V. Solis/)


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The staunch anti-abortion pol wouldn’t cede any ground when asked if an official ban on abortion would lead to women being injured or killed undergoing covert procedures.

“I certainly would hope that that would not be the case,” he said.

Last week, the Supreme Court heard arguments on Mississippi’s law in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, and members of the court’s conservative majority indicated they would uphold the legislation banning abortion after 15 weeks of pregnancy.

They also showed support for overturning the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision, which allows abortion until 24 weeks of pregnancy. Under the current law of the land, states can regulate, but not ban, abortion.

Justice Brett Kavanaugh, a Trump appointee, asked why the court, rather than lawmakers, should determine abortion’s legal status.

Reeves echoed that point on Sunday, saying: “If Roe v. Wade is overturned ... all 50 states, the laboratories of democracy, are going to have the ability to enact their own laws with respect for abortion, and I think that’s the way it should be.”

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