Stitt Argues for State Regulatory Authority Over Abortion

Gov. Kevin Stitt has joined 11 other governors to file an amicus brief that argues the U.S. Supreme Court should overturn prior rulings and leave regulation of abortion up to state governments.

The brief has been submitted in a Mississippi case that involves one of the most direct challenges in decades to prior U.S. Supreme Court rulings that transformed abortion into a constitutional right.

“The judicial constitutionalization of abortion represents an unwarranted intrusion into the sovereign sphere of the States,” declares the brief, filed by South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster and joined by Stitt and the governors of Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Iowa, Missouri, Montana, and Texas. “Returning to the States the plenary authority to regulate abortion without federal interference would restore the proper (i.e., constitutional) relationship between the States and the Federal Government. It also would produce positive results, including letting the democratic process work as intended, deescalating tensions on this divisive topic, and allowing the States to serve as laboratories of democracy for establishing and implementing suitable abortion regulations based on the latest scientific knowledge.”

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