A case before the Supreme Court right now could be a determining factor in access to health care and medical privacy for pregnant people in the United States going forward. The justices are expected to rule on whether a Mississippi law banning abortions after 15 weeks gestation is permissible under the Constitution. The world is watching to see what the next step will be in the right to bodily autonomy — and some legislators are watching with an eye to stripping those rights as quickly as possible if SCOTUS allows it.
There’s more than one way SCOTUS could rule on this. Of course, there’s the option to uphold the decision in Roe v. Wade, protecting the right to access abortion treatment. Then there’s the complete overturn that Donald Trump promised was a goal of his multiple SCOTUS appointments, and that pro-choice activists fear most. In the middle, SCOTUS could decide that the 15-week restriction is acceptable, but that there is still some right to access abortion services.
Here’s Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves, promising that if SCOTUS chooses the most extreme option, the state’s 15-week ban will quickly turn into a near-complete ban.
Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves confirms that if Roe is overturned, his state will quickly enforce an almost total abortion ban pic.twitter.com/VT2YTinKoI
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) December 5, 2021
“Yeah, Jake [Tapper], that is a yes, because if you believe as I believe, very strongly, that that innocent unborn child in the mother’s womb is in fact a child, the most important word when we talk about unborn children, is not unborn, but it’s children, and so yes, I will do everything I can to protect the lives of those children.”
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