For over a week, rumors and protests surrounding the leaked U.S. Supreme Court draft opinion on the 1973 Roe v. Wade case have circled across the nation with many Mississippians wondering what’s in store for their state.
Monday’s released draft opinion is the first instance in modern U.S. history where a Court opinion has become public before it issued its ruling, which was anticipated to be in June or July.
Although justices can and do change their votes as draft opinions circulate, many officials have begun preparing for the possibility of the case’s overturning.
To read more about the Supreme Court’s leaked report, click here.
Since the draft’s release, Governor Tate Reeves has spoken about what he sees for the future of the Magnolia State.
Most recently, Reeves stated that he is “not interested in banning contraceptives” on Twitter after appearing on NBC’s “Meet the Press” with Chuck Todd and CNN’s “State of the Union” with Jake Tapper.
I like Chuck and Jake. And I like answering tough questions about controversial issues. I think that’s what we owe as leaders. But I feel like this could use some clarification and thoughts on how the news cycle works. Cause I’m not interested in banning contraceptives. https://t.co/VvlRHcKF80
— Tate Reeves (@tatereeves) May 8, 2022
Reeves continued in a Twitter thread, claiming he wished to give additional clarification from the interviews:
“I was pretty surprised, because that’s never been a conversation here. We’ve been focused on the readily-available elective abortion even after pain can be felt. That’s what we passed a law to prevent.
I even explicitly said that the next consideration in our mind—if Roe is overturned—has nothing to do with further restrictions. It’s all helping support mothers and babies by investing in prenatal care, foster care, and adoption.
Let’s just pause and take a moment to appreciate what the Dobbs case is actually about: returning decision-making on abortion to representatives of the people. There are plenty of distractions out there, but that’s just part of the game. Gotta stay focused on protecting lives.”
To see the full interviews on NBC and CNN, continue watching below.