By Paul LeBlanc, CNN
(CNN) – The Republican governor of Mississippi. Tate Reeves On Sunday, he covered himself when asked if his state would consider banning certain forms of birth control if the Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade, only offering that it’s “not what we’re focusing on right now.”
“And while I’m sure there will be conversations around America about [birth control] it’s not something we’ve spent a lot of time focusing on,” Reeves told CNN’s Jake Tapper on ‘State of the Union’ when asked if his state would consider targeting intrauterine devices and plan B – amid some Republican calls to ban birth control forms. During an interview on NBC”Meet the pressLater Sunday, Reeves said he didn’t think future Mississippi legislation would “apply to those who choose to use birth control.”
His comments come amid growing concern among abortion rights activists after Politico reported last week on a proposed Supreme Court majority. opinion it would nullify Roe v. Wade. The opinion is not final and it is possible that the vote count will change before a formal opinion is published later, probably by the end of June.
But already, lawmakers in red and blue states are beginning to draw new battle lines in the expectation of a patchwork system where abortion rights are no longer protected nationwide.
Mississippi is one of 13 states which passed so-called “trigger” legislation that is expected to go into effect almost immediately if Roe v. Wade is canceled. State law states that within 10 days of Roe being overturned by the state attorney general, abortions are prohibited in the state. Limited exceptions are provided for in cases of rape or where the procedure would preserve the life of the mother.
Mississippi passed a separate 15-week abortion ban in 2018, which is the origin of the case currently before the Supreme Court.
At the federal level, Senate Democrats plan to introduce legislation this week to codify abortion rights. The bill, known as the Women’s Health Protection Act, is unlikely to pass because it would take at least 60 votes to overcome a GOP filibuster. In an evenly divided Senate, that would require 10 Republican senators to vote for the measure, even if all Democrats voted for it.
Celebrated by abortion-rights advocates and long reviled by critics, Roe v. Wade was decided in 1973, establishing a constitutional right to abortion before fetal viability, which most experts believe now occurs around 23-24 weeks of pregnancy.
Overthrowing Roe would be the culmination of a decades-long project of the conservative legal moment.
“Each of us is standing up, speaking out, mobilizing, marching, talking to our constituents, raising their voices and their stories,” said Democratic Senator Kirsten Gillibrand of New York. Tapper said Sunday. “It’s the greatest fight of a generation.”
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