Mid-South lawmakers respond to overturning of Roe v. Wade

Published: Jun. 24, 2022 at 9:33 AM CDT|Updated: Jun. 24, 2022 at 11:47 AM CDT
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WASHINGTON, D.C. (WMC) - Friday, The Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, a decision that is expected to lead to abortion bans in roughly half the states in the U.S.

Arkansas, Mississippi and Tennessee all have trigger laws that will make abortion more restrictive now that the ruling has been made official.

Almost immediately, Mid-South lawmakers shared their opinions on the decision. This story will update as more of those statements come in.

Arkansas:

Senators Tom Cotton and John Boozman backed the decision:

Governor Asa Hutchinson said the ruling was a long time coming:

Representative Nicole Clowney discussed how the ruling would impact women negatively:

Lt. Governor Tom Griffin applauded the decision:

Arkansas Democrats said the consequences of the decision will be dire:

Mississippi:

Governor Tate Reeves voiced his support for the decision:

Senators Roger Wicker and Cindy Hyde-Smith also voiced their support:

Attorney General Lynn Fitch applauded the decision:

House Speaker Philip Gunn said in part, “With love for children and the women who bear them, we move forward to secure strong and lasting legal protections and cultural support for life, and a vibrant network of abortion alternatives,” and mapped out the state’s next steps for legislature:

Reps. Trent Kelly and Steven Palazzo voiced their support for the decision:

Tennessee:

The Tennessee Democratic party voiced their displeasure with the ruling, as well as Senator Raumesh Akbari:

Senator Marsha Blackburn supported the ruling:

Shelby County Mayor Lee Harris called out the decision:

Governor Bill Lee shared his support and said the full impacts of the decision will be addressed in the coming days:

Congressman David Kustoff shared his support for the decision:

Senator Bill Hagerty thanked the Supreme Court for their decision:

Rep. Steve Cohen voiced his opposition to the ruling:

State Senator London Lamar from Memphis called the decision a “nightmare”

lt. Governor Randy McNally voiced his support:

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