In an interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper, Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves (R) spoke about the next steps his state will be taking if the 15-week abortion ban he signed into law is upheld by the Supreme Court.
According to Reeves, if the court rules in favor of Mississippi in its impending Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization decision, the state will take action to support mothers with unplanned pregnancies, and will also act to improve its foster care system.
After the leak of an early draft opinion which indicates that the Supreme Court may be poised to make a decision that will overturn Roe v. Wade, red states appear to be getting ready to put in place laws banning abortion, many of which are already on the books and are set to trigger the moment the Supreme Court decision is made.
One of the only legitimate criticisms coming from the left in regards to the issue is that many of the babies that are now going to be saved from abortion will be put into terrible foster care systems. Although killing them through abortion instead is not a moral alternative, addressing the issue of the failing foster care system is something that states should be doing, and it appears that Mississippi is going to do just that.
During the interview, Tapper asked Reeves if Mississippi has conducted an analysis of what will happen when its abortion restrictions go into effect; specifically, if unwanted pregnancies will be carried to term or if women and girls will die during unsafe, illegal abortions.
“We believe that if, in fact, this leaked opinion is accurate and if, in fact, a majority of the justices on the Supreme Court are going to overturn Roe, we must understand that, while this is a great victory for the pro-life movement, it is not the end,” the governor added. “In fact, it is just the beginning. And the beginning is we must show that being pro-life is not just about being anti-abortion.”
According to Reeves, the first immediate priority for his state will be to assist organizations that are designed to help women with unwanted pregnancies. The governor pointed to legislation that he signed last month which provides a $3.5 million tax credit to individuals and businesses that donate to the 37 pregnancy resource centers and crisis pregnancy centers in Mississippi. These organizations offer abortion-alternative services such as free sonograms, pregnancy tests, counseling, classes, and also can assist women in finding access to resources including housing, food assistance and more.
“We want to make sure that we get those individuals, ladies and women and expectant mothers, the help that they need from a health care standpoint, but it’s not just about the health care. It’s about other resources that are available to those moms,” the governor said.
The “second piece” of Reeves’ vision for a post-Roe Mississippi involves an improved and expanded adoption and foster care system.
“The next phase of the pro-life movement is about, what are we doing to help those babies that maybe are — they do go to full term that the moms do have? And what we’re trying to do is focus on making adoption easier in Mississippi. We’re focusing on improving our foster care system,” the governor said.