Even though families throughout Mississippi rely on contraception to plan when to have children, in 2022, Mississippi’s governor, Tate Reeves, refused to rule out banning contraception in the state.
When asked point blank on national television, Gov. Tate Reeves declined to rule out a ban on contraceptives.
In response to a follow-up question about whether the state would consider banning certain forms of contraceptives, Reeves said, “That is not what we are focused on at this time.”
In a later statement, Reeves said he does not intend to outlaw contraception, though he refused to define what he considered to be a contraceptive.
His unwillingness to affirm the right to contraception has many concerned that long-acting, reversible contraceptives (LARCs) like IUDs may be on the chopping block in Mississippi. IUDs are common and 99% effective at preventing pregnancy.