Republican Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves turned the COVID-19 vaccine mandate narrative back on NBC News anchor Chuck Todd during “Meet the Press.” Reeves used the arguments made by Dr. Anthony Fauci to reverse Todd’s narrative using a pro-life argument.
Reeves’ appearance was centered on the abortion case pending in the U.S. Supreme Court dealing with Mississippi’s prohibition of abortions after the 15th week of pregnancy. On Wednesday, the Court heard oral arguments in the Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization case, and a final decision is expected by next summer.
Mississippi has expressly asked the Court to overturn the landmark 1973 abortion decision in Roe v. Wade in the Dobbs case.
Todd mixed questions about COVID vaccines with the abortion discussion during the interview, eventually arguing that government vaccine mandates are a “pro-life position.” Reeves pointed out in response that remarks made in the initial consultation on the show by Fauci defeat Todd’s argument. Fauci admitted that the vaccines do not prevent COVID infection, leaving vaccinated people subject to adverse medical outcomes.
Reeves then argued that stopping abortions is an absolute protection of unborn life. He said that Fauci’s admission shows that even the vaccinated can transmit and contract the virus. Reeves then noted that while COVID has taken 800,000 American lives, abortion has taken the lives of 62 million helpless Americans since Roe was decided. The governor said that it is “imperative” that people stand up for the unborn who “can’t stand up for themselves.”
Todd attempted to use Reeve’s pro-life position against him, asking why a “my body, my choice” position on vaccination should not also apply to women in Mississippi’s “individual freedom on their body, particularly in the first 20 weeks of pregnancy.”
Reeves responded by making the observation that choosing whether or not to take a vaccine impacts only the person making the decision. In contrast, abortion by definition involves killing a human being who has no say in the decision.
The oral arguments in the Dobbs case demonstrated that the argument of the abortion industry relies entirely on the idea that a baby only becomes a human being at some arbitrarily defined date of “viability.” Questions from the conservative justices pointed out how unscientific that made-up deadline is. Science shows that babies feel pain at 15 weeks of pregnancy, have a heartbeat, and open and close their hands. The only thing the abortionists have to rely on is that Roe has been around for almost 50 years.