“And while I’m sure there will be conversations around America regarding [birth control] it’s not something that we’ve spent a lot of time focused on,” Reeves instructed CNN’s Jake Tapper on “State of the Union” when requested if his state would think about concentrating on intrauterine units and Plan B — amid some Republican calls to ban types of birth control. During an interview on NBC’s “Meet the Press” later Sunday, Reeves mentioned he did not suppose future Mississippi laws would “apply to those that choose to use birth control.”
His feedback come in opposition to the backdrop of rising concern amongst abortion rights activists after Politico final week reported on a draft Supreme Court majority opinion that might strike down Roe v. Wade. The opinion is just not closing, and it’s doable the vote depend will change earlier than a proper opinion is later rolled out, doubtless by the tip of June.
But already, lawmakers in each pink and blue states are starting to attract new battle traces in expectation of a patchwork system the place abortion rights are now not protected nationwide.
Mississippi is one of 13 states that has handed a so-called “trigger” legislation poised to enter impact nearly instantly if Roe v. Wade is overturned. The state’s legislation says that inside 10 days of the state lawyer basic confirming Roe has been overturned, abortions are prohibited within the state. Limited exceptions are supplied in circumstances of rape or when the process would protect the mom’s life.
Mississippi passed a separate 15-week abortion ban in 2018, which is the supply of the case presently in entrance of the Supreme Court.
At the federal stage, Senate Democrats plan to convey to the ground this week laws to codify abortion rights. The invoice, referred to as the Women’s Health Protection Act, is just not anticipated to move since it might want at the very least 60 votes to beat a GOP filibuster. In the evenly divided Senate, that might require 10 Republican senators to vote for the measure, even when all Democrats voted in favor.
Celebrated by supporters of abortion rights and lengthy reviled by critics, Roe v. Wade was determined in 1973 establishing a constitutional proper to abortion earlier than fetal viability, which most consultants say happens now at round 23-24 weeks of being pregnant.
Overturning Roe could be the end result of a decades-long challenge of the conservative authorized second.
“Every one of us is standing up, speaking out, rallying, marching, talking to our constituents, lifting up their voices and their stories,” Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York told Tapper on Sunday. “This is the biggest fight of a generation.”