Billboards go up in Jackson area promoting access to abortion pills

JACKSON, Miss. (WLBT) – The fight for access to abortion continues and some groups are looking for loopholes.

The last remaining abortion clinic closed less than two weeks ago. Now the pro-choice push has taken on another life.

“It won’t be the last word, you can ban abortion clinics, but you can’t ban information,” said Olivia Raisner, co-founder and creative director of Mayday Health. “And that’s where Mayday comes in.”

If you travel on parts of Highway 49 in Richland or I-20 in Jackson, you might spot one of the national nonprofit’s billboards. They all have the same message: “Pregnant? You still have a choice.

“We are a non-profit organization that disseminates information about safe and effective abortion pills so that everyone in Mississippi and all 50 states can have access to the best information to make decisions about their own reproductive health” , noted Raisner.

But Mississippi’s trigger law is currently in effect, banning most abortions. Thus, the group is linked to resources that can help find workarounds.

“You can set up a mail forwarding address in an abortion-legal state and sign up for safe and effective abortion pills and have them delivered directly to your home,” Raisner said. “You know, at Mayday, we don’t provide legal advice. We encourage everyone, if you visit our site, we link at the top to the Reproductive Health Legal Line, where you can get this information from experts in the field of reproductive health. We provide information and hope that as many people as possible can get it.

Governor Tate Reeves was asked about abortion drugs during a national interview earlier this month.

“If abortion is illegal in our state, which it is, then these drugs won’t be allowed and they won’t be licensed to practice in our state,” Reeves said in early July.

We asked the governor’s and attorney general’s offices for comment on the legality of sending the pills into the state, but received no response.

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