Mississippi’s Republican governor was pressed on CNN Sunday if incest victims will be forced to give birth under the state’s pending anti-abortion law. His only answer was that there aren’t many pregnant incest victims.
The state has a radical “snapback” law on reproductive rights waiting in the wings if Roe v. Wade is gutted. It appears that will soon be the case in light of Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito’s draft opinion leaked last week.
“So, assuming the Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade, the state of Mississippi will force girls and women who are the victims of incest to carry those children to term. Can you explain why that is going to be your law?” Tapper asked.
’Well, that’s going to be the law because in 2007, the Mississippi legislature passed it,” Reeves responded.
Tapper pressed again: “Why is it acceptable in your state to force girls who are victims of incest to carry those children to term?”
Reeves: “Well, as you know, Jake, over 92% of all abortions in America are elective procedures. When you look at the number of those that actually are involved, incest is less than 1%” of abortions in America each year.
Tapper also asked if the state would force women to carry fetuses to term who have no chance of survival.
“You’re dealing in examples that are rare,” Reeves said.