Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves On Birth Control Ban: ‘That’s Not What We’re Focusing On Right Now’

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

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

During an interview on CNN’s “State of the Union,” host Jake Tapper asked Reeves if he had any intention of “looking to ban IUDs or plan B” in the future.

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“That’s not what we’re focused on right now,” Reeves said. “We are focused on seeing what the court allows, the bill that is before the court is a 15-week ban. We believe that annulment of Roe is the correct decision of the court.”

Reeves went on to say that he believes that when it comes to abortion, Mississippi doesn’t “have laws on the books that would lead to people being arrested or anything like that.”

“You mean don’t arrest girls or women, but would you arrest doctors?” Tapper asked.

“Well, I certainly don’t think you’re going to see doctors performing abortions if we have a state statute that says they’re not allowed, except for the exceptions we mentioned earlier,” Reeves said.

On NBC’s “Meet the Press,” host 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 “it’s going to apply to those who choose use birth control methods. control.”

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

Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves asks a question during a meeting of the State Board of Election Commissioners, Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020, in Jackson, Miss.  Kanye West will appear as a presidential candidate on the Mississippi ballot in November, after being approved as a qualified candidate by the State Board of Election Commissioners on Tuesday.

Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves asks a question during a meeting of the State Board of Election Commissioners, Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020, in Jackson, Miss. Kanye West will appear as a presidential candidate on the Mississippi ballot in November, after being approved as a qualified candidate by the State Board of Election Commissioners on Tuesday.
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Later in the interview, Todd He brought the “life begins at conception” quote and asked Reeves if he would sign legislation to ban contraception if it were presented to him for his 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, that’s always the case. There are so many things we can talk about,” Reeves said before highlighting some of the resources his administration is providing to pregnancy resource centers, including adoption resources.

Reeves’ comments come a week after the leak of a February draft opinion indicated the Supreme Court would overturn Roe v. Wade.

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