Mississippi governor: Full speed ahead with new abortion restrictions

“We need to prove that being pro-life isn’t just about being anti-abortion, and in our state we’re enacting policies to do just that,” Reeves told host Mike Emanuel, without specifying which ones. policies he was talking about or how they would be implemented.

Mississippi faces a new challenge from the Jackson Women’s Health Organization, which argues that an earlier Mississippi Supreme Court ruling declared the right to have an abortion included in the state Constitution.

“Unless there’s an injunction that requires us not to enforce it, then, of course, we’re going to enforce the law,” Reeves said. He said he expects Mississippi law to be followed in the state.

The state isn’t alone in facing new court cases: So-called trigger laws that have come into effect (or will come into effect) across the country have been challenged on a variety of legal grounds. Inside and outside the courtrooms, activists on both sides of the issue have also raised all sorts of questions and issues that hadn’t come into play before. Deer. c. Wade was overthrown.

Emanuel peppered Reeves with a series of questions based on scenarios that have emerged since the Dobbs decision, some of them regarding people’s ability to travel to other states to obtain abortions and others regarding medications that may be mailed or otherwise obtained from out of state.

“In our state,” Reeves said, “enforcement is done by the state board of medical licensing. We have a state board of medical licensing that actually oversees the practice of medicine in our state, and they make sure that any physician who practices, whether through telemedicine or otherwise, that any physician who practices in our state practices not only based on the standards of care that we need in our state, but also based on of state law.

Emanuel also questioned the governor about the state’s potential use of email and cellphone surveillance to ensure Mississippi residents weren’t getting abortions, which clearly wasn’t an issue. before the Roe vs. Wade decision.

“I have no reason to believe there will be any monitoring of mail or phones,” Reeves said.

In response to another question, Reeves suggested that discussions of rape exceptions in state laws were essentially a distraction, since very few abortions were obtained because of rape and incest. Mississippi law allows exceptions for rape or incest, although some lawmakers seek to eliminate these provisions.

“If the far left really believes what they want you to believe,” he said, “if they really believe the American people were with them and were for abortion on demand, then they wouldn’t talk about all those exceptions and minor numbers.

Mississippi law also allows exceptions to save the mother’s life, though it can be unclear exactly when that element might come into play — and whether doctors might face repercussions for making that decision.

“There’s always a risk of confusion,” Reeves said, “but when you think about the exception for the life of the mother, you basically have a real medical decision that has to be made by the doctor because you have two lives. stakes. .”


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