Mississippi Attorney General Lynn Fitch has been selected as one of TIME magazine’s 100 Most Influential People of 2022.
TIME included Fitch among its list of “Leaders,” alongside other American politicians in Joe Biden, Ron DeSantis, Kevin McCarthy, Kyrsten Sinema, and Letitia James.
“For 49 years, antiabortion activists in the U.S. have fought a careful battle to overturn Roe v. Wade, the 1973 case that established the right to abortion. Now, as nearly 60 other countries have liberalized their abortion laws in the past 25 years, the U.S. is poised to roll back that right,” Abigail Abrams of TIME wrote.
“Fitch is leading the final charge. As her state’s top lawyer, she argued that the Supreme Court should overturn Roe because it was ‘egregiously wrong,’ and because societal advances mean women no longer needed abortions,” Abrams continued. “A leaked draft of a Supreme Court opinion overruling Roe set off a national furor in May, and the final decision is sure to further inflame the debate. The outcome of her case will have ripple effects not just for women in every state—some of which plan to outright ban abortion if Roe is overturned—but across every aspect of American society.”
Fitch released the following statement regarding the selection:
“I am honored to be selected for TIME’s hundred most influential people. But the honor belongs to the people of Mississippi who have paved the way to a world where the people through their elected leaders can both empower women and promote life. They have demonstrated that when we let the people decide, they will advance the dignity of women, the dignity of their children, and the inherent dignity of all human life.”
To view the full list of TIME magazine’s 100 Most Influential People of 2022, click here.