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Pressed on abortion ban for incest victims, Mississippi government says many are not

Mississippi’s Republican governor was pressed on Nation World News Sunday over whether incest victims would be forced to give birth under the state’s pending anti-abortion law. Her only answer was that many pregnant incest victims are not.

The state has a radical “snapback” law on reproductive rights, if Roe v. Wade is destroyed. The matter appears to be taking place soon in light of the leak of Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito’s draft opinion last week.

The law has “no exceptions for incest,” noted “State of the Union” host Jake Tapper to Gov. Tate Reeves.

“Well, it’s going to be law because in 2007, the Mississippi legislature passed it,” Reeves replied.

Tapper re-emphasized: “Why is it acceptable in your state to force those girls to raise those kids?”

Reeves: “Well, Jake, as you know, over 92% of abortions in America are elective procedures. When you look at the number of people who are actually involved, incest every year in America is less than 1%. is less.

Tapper also asked whether the state would force women to conceive who have no chance of survival.

“You’re working in instances that are rare,” Reeves said.

Tapper also pointed out that Mississippi has the nation’s highest rate of infant mortality and the highest rate of child poverty. She said it has no guaranteed paid maternity leave, and recently declined to expand postpartum Medicaid coverage. The state’s foster care system is also the target of a federal lawsuit for alleged failure to protect children from abuse.

Reeves said his state is trying to do better.

Watch the full interview in the clip above.


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