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New lawsuit seeks to finish the job and end judicially-imposed, elective abortion policy in Mississippi

By: Frank Corder - December 2, 2022

Aaron Rice and Andy Taggart joined Y’all Politics to talk about the latest effort to clarify that abortion is not protected by the Mississippi Constitution. WATCH.

Most Mississippians would think that the U.S. Supreme Court’s action this summer overturning Roe v. Wade through the case known as Dobbs and the subsequent legislative “trigger law” that went into effect soon thereafter outlawing abortion expect for instance of the formal charge of rape or to protect the life of the mother would have ended any confusion on the practice of abortion in the Magnolia State.

However, there remains a bit of ambiguity because of a 1998 Mississippi Supreme Court ruling in the Pro-Choice Mississippi v. Fordice case that held that the Mississippi Constitution did allow for abortions in the state. Of course, that ruling relied heavily on the U.S. Supreme Court’s holdings and reasoning in both Roe and Casey, which the Dobbs decision overturned.

To put a bit of finality on this saga and to have the Mississippi Supreme Court reconsider its 24-year-old ruling that has now been called into question by Dobbs, the American Association of Pro-Life Obstetricians and Gynecologists partnered with the Mississippi Justice Institute to file a lawsuit seeking to clarify that abortion is not protected by the Mississippi Constitution.

Aaron Rice, the director of the Mississippi Justice Institute, and Andy Taggart, a founding partner of Taggart, Rimes & Wiggins, PLLC, and a volunteer attorney with the Mississippi Justice Institute, joined Y’all Politics on Friday to discuss this new case.

Watch the full interview with Rice and Taggart below.

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Frank Corder

Frank Corder is a native of Pascagoula. For nearly two decades, he has reported and offered analysis on government, public policy, business and matters of faith. Frank’s interviews, articles, and columns have been shared throughout Mississippi as well as in national publications such as the Daily Caller. He is a frequent guest on radio and television, providing insight and commentary on the inner workings of the Magnolia State. Frank has served his community in both elected and appointed public office, hosted his own local radio and television programs, and managed private businesses all while being an engaged husband and father.