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Mississippi’s 15-week abortion ban case overturns Roe v. Wade

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Mississippi Attorney General Lynn Fitch led the charge to overturn Roe v. Wade

The landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade case has been overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court following a 6-3 vote in favor of Mississippi’s Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization case.

“The Constitution does not confer a right to abortion; Roe and Casey are overruled; and the authority to regulate abortion is returned to the people and their elected representatives,” the ruling read.

Now, states across the nation have the right to enact their own legislation, with 23 states and territories immediately banning abortion.

“With sorrow—for this Court, but more, for the many millions of American women who have today lost a fundamental constitutional protection—we dissent,” the dissenting vote read.

Trigger laws to ban abortion are also active in 13 states, including Mississippi. In 2007, the state approved a trigger law that would make abortion illegal across Mississippi excluding cases where the mother’s life is in danger or caused by a formally charged case of rape.

Attorney General Lynn Fitch, who led the charge to overturn Roe, applauded the Justices on their decision.

“Today marks a new era in American history — and a great day for the American people,” Fitch said. “Roe v Wade is now behind us, consigned to the list of infamous cases that collapsed under the weight of their errors. This decision is a victory not only for women and children, but for the Court itself. I commend the Court for restoring constitutional principle and returning this important issue to the American people.”

More than a handful of other Mississippi elected officials have already responded to the landmark decision:

Governor Tate Reeves

Lt. Governor Delbert Hosemann

“The Court’s decision today returns the right to protect the unborn to the states.  Mississippi is a leader on this critical issue, with a law already in place which will prohibit abortion. I am pro-life. I am also pro-child.  In addition to protecting the unborn, we must also focus on other ways to support women, children, and families.”

Senator Roger Wicker

Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith

Representative Trent Kelly

Representative Bennie Thompson

Representative Michael Guest

Representative Steven Palazzo

“This landmark decision made by the Supreme Court is a win for every child that has been cruelly aborted and every child who has yet to be born in this country. It’s also a win for every state. Roe v. Wade was never a decision to be made on a federal level and should rightfully go back to the states.”

Speaker Philip Gunn

State Auditor Shad White

Treasurer David McRae

“Our constitution states clearly that all people, no matter how small, are created equal. It celebrates the fact that in America we are guaranteed a right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. A half-century after the devastating Roe v. Wade decision, the Supreme Court has restored the strength of these convictions and re-established our country’s calling to protect these certain and unalienable rights. I thank the citizens of Mississippi, our legislature, and our leaders for being bold enough to push our nation toward this life-affirming decision.”

Secretary Michael Watson

Ag Commissioner Andy Gipson

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