Mississippi governor: Full speed ahead with new abortion restrictions

“We have to prove that protecting life is not just about anti-abortion, and in our state, we have a policy to do just that,” Reeves told host Mike Emanuel, without specifying what policy he had in mind and how it will be implemented.

Mississippi is facing a new challenge from the Jackson Women’s Health Organization, which claims a previous Mississippi Supreme Court ruling stated that the right to have an abortion was enshrined in the state constitution.

“If there is no injunction that forces us not to enforce it, then of course we will enforce the law,” Reeves said. He said he expected Mississippi law to be enforced in the state.

The state is not alone in the new court cases: the so-called trigger laws that went into effect (or will go into effect) across the country have been challenged on various legal grounds. In and out of the courtroom, activists on both sides of the issue also raised all sorts of questions and issues that were not discussed until Caviar. in. Wade was overturned.

Emanuel bombarded Reeves with a series of questions based on scenarios that emerged after Dobs some are about people being able to travel to other states for abortions, and some are about drugs that can be mailed or otherwise obtained outside of the state.

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

Emanuel also asked the governor about whether the state could use email and cell phone spying to ensure Mississippians don’t get abortions, which clearly wasn’t an issue before the law was passed. Rowe vs. Wade resolution.

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

In response to another question, Reeves suggested that discussions of exceptions to rape in state laws were mostly a distraction, as very few abortions were performed due to rape and incest. Mississippi law allows exceptions for rape or incest, although some legislators are seeking to remove 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 advocated abortion on demand, then they wouldn’t be talking about all these exceptions.” . and minor numbers.

Mississippi law also allows for a mother’s life-saving exception, although it can be difficult to know exactly when this element may come into play and whether doctors may face consequences for such a decision.

“There is always the potential for confusion,” Reeves said, “but when you think of an exception for a mother’s life, you basically have a true medical decision that the doctor has to make because there are two lives at stake. …”