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Roger Wicker of MS just one to answer abortion questions

Sen.  Roger Wicker

Sen. Roger Wicker

US Sen. Roger Wicker was the one member of Mississippi’s Republican congressional delegation to answer questions this week a few proposal to impose a nationwide ban on abortions after 15 weeks.

Sen. Lindsey Graham, a South Carolina Republican, just lately proposed the 15-week ban within the aftermath of the US Supreme Court docket overturning the nationwide proper to an abortion in June in a watershed case from Mississippi. The ruling—Dobbs v. Jackson Ladies’s Well being Group — meant the choice on whether or not to permit or to limit abortions could be for every particular person state to make.

The truth that the state of Mississippi is in an actual sense floor zero for the present abortion debate, due to the Dobbs case, makes the feedback of the state’s congressional delegation related.

However they have been all silent — aside from Wicker.

“The Senate Republican convention is unified in in search of as many pro-life protections as potential for all People, however this aim has traditionally proven to be most successfully achieved when legislated on the native degree,” Wicker mentioned in an announcement.

Graham, in fact, is touting nationwide laws on abortion.

It might be truthful to say that some Republican candidates are backtracking on their place on abortion because the November midterm elections method. Polls in lots of states, together with Mississippi, point out that the Supreme Court docket motion overturning Roe v. Wade, which supplied the nationwide proper to an abortion, won’t be as widespread as some conservatives thought it might be. Voters in conservative Kansas rejected a state constitutional modification that may have made it simpler for the Legislature to ban abortion.

That vote was a wake-up name for a lot of.

In Might earlier than the Supreme Court docket had overturned Roe v. Wade, Senate Minority Chief Mitch McConnell, a Kentucky Republican, mentioned that it was “potential” {that a} Republican-majority Senate may vote subsequent 12 months on laws to put a federal ban on abortions.

However extra just lately as McConnell is attempting to elect sufficient Republicans in November to seize a Senate majority, he is modified his tune.

Talking on Graham’s proposal for a nationwide 15-week ban, McConnell mentioned, “You will need to ask him about it. By way of scheduling, I believe a lot of the members of my convention want that this be handled on the state degree.”

It is very important notice that beneath Graham’s proposal there could be a 15-week nationwide ban however states that selected to have stricter bans, like Mississippi, wouldn’t be prevented from doing so. Mississippi bans all abortions besides within the case of rape and to protect the lifetime of the mom. As well as, Mississippi has one other legislation that bans abortions after six weeks besides in circumstances of medical emergency.

Wicker identified Mississippi has led the best way when it comes to anti-abortion advocacy.

“I hope that Mississippi’s robust legal guidelines defending the unborn can function a mannequin for my colleagues and assist them make a distinction of their respective states,” Wicker mentioned. “We can’t permit partisan spin to undermine our willpower to battle for the rights of the unborn, together with on the federal degree.”

It’s truthful to say that Wicker was a groundbreaker when it comes to passing legal guidelines to limit abortion in Mississippi. As a state senator representing Lee and Pontotoc counties in northeast Mississippi within the late Eighties and early 90s, he was one of many leaders in passing laws enacting a 24-hour ready interval on having an abortion and imposing extra restrictions on abortion clinics.

At the moment, few states have been passing such laws.

Whereas Wicker was the one one of many 5 Republicans within the congressional delegation to touch upon the Graham invoice, all of them previously have expressed robust anti-abortion views. Mississippi’s solely Democrat within the congressional delegation – Bennie Thompson – voted for a invoice that may basically have restored the Roe v. Wade requirements. That invoice handed the US Home, however was blocked by Senate Republicans.

The difficulty of abortion, little doubt, will probably be a significant situation within the November elections. Polls point out that the problem of abortion might present Democrats a lift. However in Mississippi abortion is just not anticipated to be a significant situation.

Wicker and the state’s different US Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith will not be up for re-election this 12 months. The three Home incumbents — Michael Visitor of the third, Trent Kelly of the first and Thompson of the 2nd — are all heavy favorites and it’s uncertain that their place on abortion will change these odds a lot.

Within the 4th District, Republican Mike Ezell, who defeated incumbent Steven Palazzo within the Republican main, can be anti-abortion.

The query is will Republicans vote on a nationwide ban on the gasoline situation in the event that they seize the Home and Senate this November.

Up to now, their place has been fluid.

This evaluation was produced by Mississippi In the present day, a nonprofit information group that covers state authorities, public coverage, politics and tradition. Bobby Harrison is Mississippi In the present day’s senior Capitol reporter.


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