Reeves echoed his strong advocacy for his state's current ban on abortions after 15 weeks on CNN's "State of the Union," claiming the time frame is "not at all radical" and suggesting he has "some reason for optimism" that the Supreme Court will reverse Roe and Planned Parenthood v. Casey.
"A watershed moment in American history over the last week, as, as this case that many of us in the pro-life movement have hoped would come before the court for, for many years," said Reeves.
The two landmark verdicts that Reeves suggested set the constitutional right to abortion in the U.S. This example could be challenged as the Supreme Court weighs Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization, a case regarding Mississippi's 15-week abortion ban.
"If you believe, as I believe very strongly, that innocent unborn child in the mother's womb is, in fact, a child, the most important word when we talk about unborn children is not unborn, but it's children," Reeves said. "And so, yes, I will do everything I can to protect the lives of those children."
Reeves argued on Sunday, as he has many times in the past, that abortion is not a promised right in the Constitution. He said Roe should be overturned and abortion laws should be left up to states, "the laboratories of democracy."
Tapper urged Reeves on Mississippi's infant mortality rate, which is the highest in the country. And the governor replied that he acknowledged those statistics and is operating to change them, also maintaining that "when you look at that unborn baby in the womb, and you consider it a human being, it really changes your perspective on lots of different things."
Appearing later on NBC's "Meet the Press," Sen. Mike Braun (R-Ind.) struck a similar tone, saying he's "perfectly comfortable" with the concept of criminalizing abortion and that the issue should be decided at a state level.
"When it comes to issues like this that divide our country in a way to where we're never going to get to 60 votes on any of this stuff, I think the practical solution is, when it's not enumerated, return it to the states," Braun said.