Mississippi governor says state will enforce ban on most abortions if Roe is overturned

"When you understand that abortion takes an innocent life, the right thing is obvious," Gov. Tate Reeves said.

Updated: December 5, 2021 - 6:37pm

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Governor Tate Reeves (R-Miss.) said during an interview Sunday that he will enforce a law banning most abortions in Mississippi if Roe v. Wade is overturned.

Reeves' state is at the center of a pending Supreme Court case involving abortion, Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization. The lawsuit was filed after Mississippi passed a law prohibiting most abortions after 15 weeks of gestation in 2018.

The Republican governor also told CNN's Jake Tapper that "there is no guaranteed right to an abortion in our U.S. Constitution." Abortion laws "should be left to the states," according to the governor.

"If you believe as I believe very strongly that that innocent, unborn child in the mother's womb is in fact a child, the most important word when we talk about unborn children is not unborn, but it’s children,” he stated.

"I will do everything I can to protect the lives of those children," Reeves said.

He reiterated his pro-life stance Sunday on Twitter, posting a clip of the interview with Tapper, with the caption, "When you understand that abortion takes an innocent life, the right thing is obvious. We must do everything in our power to protect those who cannot protect themselves."

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