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Pro Choice and Pro Life advocates react to Supreme Court ruling

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

The U.S. Supreme Court has handed down a ruling on abortion regulations in Texas that could have a ripple affect across the country.

Mississippi's only abortion clinic, located in Jackson, is required to have each OB-GYN have admitting privileges at at local hospital and a 24-hour waiting period for procedures to be performed.

They are similar to the abortion regulations in Texas that were struck down Monday by the U.S. Supreme Court.

The high court Justices said the regulations were a thinly veiled attempt to make it harder for women to get abortions. 

Officials with Pro Life Mississippi are appalled by the decision that they say puts women's lives at risk.

"The Supreme Court has taken it upon itself to overturn a state's, really taken away that state sovereignty, and I think that that's wrong," said Veronica Naylor with Pro Life MS. "I think that the state has the major concerns for it's citizens." 

Pro Choice advocates said the ruling will safeguard clinics and no longer hinder a woman's right to choose.

"It provides a solid foundation for those laws to be challenged and declared unconstitutional in Mississippi, and they can't be because they have no standing," said Sunsara Taylor with Stoppatriarchy.org.  "I mean, it's women's most fundamental rights, includes their right to decide for themselves when and whether to have a child,"

Justices voted 5-3 vote that those regulations are medically unnecessary and unconstitutionally limit a woman's right to an abortion.

"The U.S. Supreme Court's decision today endangers the lives of women and their unborn children in Mississippi and all across America," Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves said. "States should have the ability to protect their citizens through proper regulation of medical care."

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