Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves on birth control ban: ‘That’s not what we’re focusing on right now’

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Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves did not say Sunday whether his state would ban birth control methods in the future after confirming his state would ban abortions if Roe v. Wade was canceled.

The Republican governor appeared on two news shows on Sunday, where he was asked about the future of contraceptives in Mississippi, but he did not directly answer questions about birth control, including intra-uterine devices. devices (IUDs), and whether he would support banning them.

During an interview on CNN’s “State of the Union,” host Jake Tapper asked Reeves to clarify whether he intends to “seek to ban IUDs or Plan B” in the future.

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“That’s not what we’re focusing on right now,” Reeves said. “We’re focused on reviewing, seeing what the court clears, the bill that’s before the court is a 15-week ban. We think overturning Roe is the right decision of the court.”

Reeves went on to say that he believes that when it comes to abortion, Mississippi “has no laws on the books that would lead to people being arrested or anything like that.”

“You mean not arresting girls or women, but you would arrest doctors? asked Taper.

“Well, I certainly don’t think you’ll see doctors performing abortions if we have a state law that says they’re not allowed, with the exceptions we mentioned earlier,” he said. said Reeves.

On NBC’s “Meet the Press,” anchor Chuck Todd also asked Reeves if Mississippi’s abortion ban would include birth control methods like IUDs, prompting Reeves to say he doesn’t think not “that this is going to apply to those who choose to use birth control.”

“I believe a life clearly begins at conception,” Reeves added.

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Later in the interview, Todd raised the quote “life begins at conception” and asked Reeves if he would sign a law banning contraception if presented to him for signature.

“Well, I don’t think that’s going to happen in Mississippi. I’m sure they’ll have those conversations in other states,” Reeves said.

“But you’re not answering the question,” Todd said.

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“Well, it still does. There’s so much we can talk about,” Reeves said before highlighting some of the resources her administration provides to pregnancy resource centers, including resources from adoption.

Reeves’ comments come about a week after a leaked draft opinion from February reported that the Supreme Court would overturn Roe v. Wade.



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