Governor Reeves, US Senator Hyde-Smith, among whom will speak at pro-life rallies next week.
Mississippi Attorney General Lynn Fitch and her staff are preparing to defend the state’s 15-week abortion ban before the US Supreme Court next week. The court agreed at the beginning of this year listen to Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization on December 1.
Fitch is asking the court to recognize the right of individuals to pass laws that protect the lives and health of women while addressing the legitimate interests of the state.
The Mississippi Legislature passed a 15-week abortion ban, HB 1510, in 2018. It was signed into law by former Governor Phil Bryant. The law was soon struck down by US District Court Judge Carlton Reeves, who ruled the law unconstitutional and said “established medical consensus” recognizes a viable fetus closer to 23 or 24 weeks. The US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit confirmed their ruling when they blocked the law from taking effect.
Attorney General Fitch believes that abortion rights should be left to individual states and not a national decision.
“Not treating abortion as a fundamental right treats it like the Constitution deals with the most important issues: let the people decide,” wrote General Fitch. “When this court returns this problem to the people, people can debate, adapt and find workable solutions. It will also be difficult for the people, but according to the Constitution the task is theirs, and the Court should give it back to them now. “
The case is seen as evidence for Roe v. Calf. If Mississippi law is allowed to stand and the Supreme Court rules in favor of the state, the decades-old ruling could fall, something pro-life advocates would welcome. However, Governor Tate Reeves sees the case in more practical terms. While he supports the overthrow of Roe, the fundamental question, as he sees it, is whether the science has changed. He says yes.
“The question is not whether Roe v. Calf. The question is: the science has changed and therefore it makes sense for the court to review their past decisions, and this is a vehicle for them to do so, ”Governor Reeves said. said.
Ahead of the December 1 oral arguments in the US Supreme Court in DC, at least two events are planned to gather support for the pro-life cause that supports Mississippi’s position in the case.
The first will be held in the state and will feature Governor Reeves and State Representative Ronnie Crudup, Jr. They, along with other pro-life leaders, will participate in a national event at New Horizon Church in Jackson on Sunday, September 28. November. billed as a “Pray Together for Life” event. The schedule says it will start at 6:30 p.m. M., And the doors will open at 6 p.m. M. A live broadcast of the event will begin online at 7pm. M. here.
Another event is planned for the morning of December 1 outside the United States Supreme Court in Washington DC. Attorney General Fitch announced the “Empower Women Promote Life” rally Tuesday, sharing the names of three dozen women from diverse backgrounds, political parties, belief systems and professions who will share their unique stories of how promoting life empowers women. Fitch says the group includes Democratic and Republican legislators, physicians, progressive leaders, Mississippi pregnancy aid resource leaders, feminists, mothers of children with disabilities, legal scholars, civil rights leaders, atheists and religious leaders. Speakers will include Mississippi State Senator Jenifer Branning and US Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith.
Fitch’s office says there will be a live stream for the DC event and they will share the link in the coming days.