Governor Tate Reeves (R-MS) said on CNN’s “State of the Union” Sunday that if the Supreme Court overturned the 1973 ruling in Roe v. Wade, his state would enact an abortion ban even stricter than the 15-week ban. currently considering.
Host Jake Tapper said, “The state of Mississippi also has a law in effect that would ban all abortions except rape and mother’s life, which would come into effect days after the cancellation. by Roe. If Roe is canceled if this happens, would you start applying it in your state? The almost total ban regardless of the number of weeks of pregnancy.
Reeves said: “Well, Jake, it clearly depends on how the court rules and what exactly those opinions allow us to do. If, in fact, Roe is overturned – by the way, I firmly believe, like many Americans, that the Supreme Court justices today could consider Roe v. Wade and come to the conclusion that the court simply got it wrong in 1973. If you read the Constitution, in my opinion there is no guaranteed right to abortion in our US Constitution. Moreover, not only is there no guaranteed right, but there is nothing in the Constitution that prohibits individual states from adopting their own laws. After all, this is really what the Founding Fathers intended for any matter that is not explicit in the Constitution. That should be left to states and state legislatures, and the democratic process. I just want to make sure everyone knows that if Roe v. Wade is canceled, that doesn’t mean no one in America will have access to it. Although it can make people like me happy. But what this means is that the 50 states, the laboratories of democracy, will have the capacity to enact their own laws regarding abortion. I think that’s how it should be in America.
Tapper said, “Is that a yes, that if Roe v. Wade is rescinded, you will enforce the near total abortion ban in Mississippi that exists in the inevitability or situation where Roe v. Wade is canceled? Yes?”
Reeves said, “Yes, Jake, that’s a yes because if you believe, as I believe, very firmly that this innocent unborn child in its mother’s womb is, in fact, a child, the word le more importantly when we speak of unborn children the children are not unborn, but they are children. Yes, I will do whatever I can to protect the lives of these children.
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