Speaking to Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of Susan B. Anthony Lists PAC, stated on national TV, on May 4, that “if you live in Mississippi you have a great governor (Tate Reeves) that is making every single woman there that is experiencing crisis or difficulty has every single thing she needs in order to care for herself and unborn child so I say to people who want to give her a pill and a slap on the back and go out the door are not meeting her natural needs, her needs are not to eliminate the child conceived but help her and her unborn child. That’s what the pro-life movement is about, it’s about justice and mercy.”

Consider Dannenfelser’s statement in comparison to Mississippi’s national rankings for: poverty (50th), health care (50th), teen birth rate (1st), infant mortality rate (1st), preterm birth rate (1st), child poverty (50th) and child health (50th). Mississippi has also rejected Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act.

Do the statistics prove that Gov. Reeves provides a woman with “every single thing she needs to care for herself and unborn child”? Rejecting the Medicaid expansion blocks many women from being able to receive health care and critical prenatal and postnatal care.

The data show Mississippi is the worse state to have or raise a child in our country. If Mississippi cared about pregnant women and children they would have passed legislation and funded health care for prenatal and postnatal care for all women and expanded Medicaid.

They would focus on improving economic opportunities for the poor and middle class, they would support Planned Parenthood to help lower teen pregnancies, and they would invest in public schools.

They didn’t and won’t. That’s not being “pro-life”; it’s being “pro-birth”.


Mike Grove

Belgrade Lakes

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