Mississippi Wants Supreme Court to Overturn Roe v. Wade

By: Tadi Abedje

Roe v. Wade was a decision made by the Supreme Court in 1973 that gave women the right to abort their babies without any government restrictions. It can happen when the woman is 24 weeks pregnant. 

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This has been a hot topic, especially for most Republicans who are against abortion. With Conservatives in control of the courts along with Justice Amy Coney Barrett, there has been a trend of passing legislation to limit abortion. 

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One of the states that passed a law relating to abortions is Mississippi. In 2018, the state passed the Mississippi’s Gestational Age Act, which banned abortion after 15 weeks even in cases of rape and incest. If those doctors don’t follow the law, then they can have their medical privileges rescinded.  

Pro-life governors such as Tate Reeves are hopeful that Roe v. Wade can be overturned. 

“The fact is we know so much more in America today about the formation of young children in the womb than we did when Roe v. Wade was decided in 1973. We know so much more even when [Planned Parenthood v. Casey] was decided in 1992. It is not unusual for the court to review cases from the past.” Reeves said in a CNN interview with Jake Tapper while defending Mississippi’s law. 

However, there are proponents for keeping Roe v. Wade. Women’s rights activists have said that they want to do whatever they want with their bodies. If Roe v. Wade is overturned, it could have a ripple effect for years to come. 

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