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Dobbs Supreme Court decision reaches one year anniversary

Photo: Greta Kemp Martin, candidate for Mississippi Attorney General, speaks at a news conference on Friday, June 23. (Credit: Greta Kemp Martin for Attorney General Campaign)

The one-year anniversary of the Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization U.S. Supreme Court decision about abortion on Saturday, June 24 is being met positively by many and negatively by others.  

Mississippi Attorney General Lynn Fitch, who worked to get the court’s decision effectively ending Roe v. Wade said she will join former Vice President Mike Pence in an event commemorating the court’s decision on Saturday in Washington, D.C.  

Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves has also come out to note the anniversary of the Supreme Court’s decision, stating his administration is continuing to implement a new pro-life agenda, strengthen support for mothers and children, and make Mississippi the easiest in the nation to raise a family.

Reeves also listed several bills signed into law supporting ppregnancy resource centers, establishing a foster parent’s “bill of rights,” income tax credits for qualified adoption expenses, and other related matters.  

“Each life saved will be another victory for Mississippi,” Reeves said. “May we never rest until every unborn child has the chance to experience the God-given right to life.”

Not sharing the views of Dobbs decision supporters are many in the pro-choice community, including Fitch’s opponent for Attorney General Greta Kemp Martin. She held a news conference Friday to discuss the Dobbs impact.  

“Attorney General Fitch pushing the case that led to the Dobbs decision was wrong then, and wrong now, and we’re all worse off for it,” said Kemp Martin “Mississippi is in a health care crisis – the last thing our communities need is a dangerous decision that levies more harmful restrictions or that limit our health care freedoms.”

Tyler Harden, state director for Planned Parenthood Southeast, supported Kemp Martin, stating women’s access to healthcare is being restricted as a result of the court’s decision.  

“The hypocrisy of anti-abortion lawmakers celebrating the Dobbs decision but ignoring the closure of rural hospitals is not lost amongst constituents,” Harden said. “Maternal and infant mortality rates continue to skyrocket, especially amongst Black families.”

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