Mississippi to Speed Up New Abortion Restrictions, Governor Says

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Mississippi intends to intensify its efforts to make abortion exceedingly rare despite the fact that its abortion law continues to produce associated complex questions just like similar laws around the nation, Mississippi GOP Governor Tate Reeves announced on Sunday.

Noting that being pro-life is not simply about being anti-abortion, Reeves said that his state is enacting policies to prove that, avoiding specifying what policies he meant or how they would be implemented in the state.

He added that Mississippi is going to enforce the law unless there is an injunction that forces them not to enforce it.

Reeves emphasized that the entire court battle around the abortion law was always about creating a culture of life and never about winning a court case, especially in Mississippi which was at the heart of Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, in which the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade in its June ruling.

Going beyond upholding the Mississippi law, the Court’s conservative five-member majority – led by Justice Samuel Alito – overturned the 1973 ruling that legalized abortion around the United States.

The Jackson Women’s Health Organization is now preparing a fresh challenge for Mississippi, arguing that the Mississippi Supreme Court’s prior ruling had said that the right to an abortion is found in the state’s Constitution.

Although some Mississippi lawmakers are seeking to eliminate those provisions, the state’s abortion law allows for exceptions for rape or incest.

However, Gov. Reeves called discussions around such provisions – exceptions for rape and incest within state laws – a plain distraction since very few abortions in the state were obtained due to such reasons.

The second exception from the law, to save the life of the mother, is also tough to implement since it’s hard to know exactly when that element might come into play and if the physicians could face repercussions for making such a determination.

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