Fear of Back Alley Mutilations and Deaths Swirled in Recent News Programs as the Abortion Debate Escalates

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Recently, the United States Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the Dobbs v. Jackson case. It is possible that this case could overturn Roe v. Wade and change the landscape in our country regarding access to abortion services. With such an important case on the front burner, there was a lot of intense discussion on the many political talk shows.

The case itself is dissecting pre-viability in banning abortion, and it is specifically looking at Mississippi’s Gestational Age Act. This bill bans most abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy.

The GOP governor of Mississippi not only held his stand on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” but he also took center stage on “State of the Union” on CNN.

Governor Reeves managed to clearly detail the main talking points of the humanity of the unborn child and the loss of now 62 million children to abortion since the Roe case in 1973. He also was able to address the fact that the “right” to an abortion is not in the constitution, but that states’ rights to pass laws that would protect the unborn are in the constitution.

Reeves reiterated what Chief Justice John Roberts focused on in oral arguments, saying that the United States is one of seven nations that allow for elective abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy. They have joined with nations such as China and North Korea.

Jake Tapper, host of CNN’s “State of the Union,” tried to take Gov. Reeves down the well-worn path of women, especially poor women, forced to have illegal abortions and facing mutilation or death. But Reeves maintains his position of needing to speak for the 62 million unborn children who do not have a voice and have been killed since 1973.

According to a 2019 fact-check from The Washington Post, the numbers of women forced into positions like Tapper described have been grossly exaggerated by abortion advocates.

The Mississippi governor also talked about the vast number of pro-life pregnancy resource centers throughout America that are ready and willing to help women during and after their pregnancy.

Chuck Todd, from “Meet the Press,” talked with both Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and Sen. Mike Braun (R-IN).

Sen. Klobuchar gave responses that were all over the place, and she also talked about “back-alley abortions.” She joined with Todd in talking about the possibility that the filibuster in the Senate could be abolished so that legislation keeping abortion legal could be passed.

Sen. Braun tried to cut through the chaos by advocating for the issues to be decided by the states.

“When it comes to things like abortion, I think it’s clear it’s time to turn it back to the states, let the diversity of this country show forth,” the senator said. Braun was able to anchor his comments back to this no matter how many questions Todd threw at him.

Todd tried to make Sen. Braun look hypocritical. He said that the senator did not want the government to force anyone to get a vaccine, but you think it is okay for the government to force a woman to carry her pregnancy to full term.

Braun did not admit that those issues were equal and maintained that linking abortion to the vaccine issue just perpetuates the deep division in our country. He just brought the whole conversation back to the role of states deciding on the abortion issue. He believes that is where the Constitution intended it to be.

There will be a lot more debate about this in the months ahead. We can hope that level heads like Reeves and Braun prevail as we with for the Supreme Court decision in June.