Might 18, 2021
The U.S. Supreme Court docket agreed on Monday to listen to a Mississippi case with the potential to noticeably weaken the abortion rights in Roe v. Wade.
The justices will contemplate a regulation handed by the Mississippi legislature in 2018 that will ban nearly all abortions after 15 weeks.
Because the regulation handed, decrease federal judges have dominated it was unconstitutional due to Roe v. Wade. That 1973 Supreme Court docket case says states don’t have the proper to ban abortions earlier than fetal viability, which is normally thought-about to be round 24 weeks, The New York Occasions mentioned.
The precise query the courtroom will determine is “whether or not all pre-viability prohibitions on elective abortions are unconstitutional.”
Arguments might be heard within the fall, with a call anticipated by spring or early summer season of 2022, The Occasions mentioned.
Teams for and in opposition to abortion rights say this case would possibly end in a weakening of Roe v. Wade due to the altering membership of the courtroom.
Donald Trump appointed three justices throughout his presidency — Neil Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh, and Amy Coney Barrett — making a 6-3 conservative majority.
“Alarm bells are ringing loudly concerning the menace to reproductive rights,” Nancy Northup, president and CEO of the Heart for Reproductive Rights, mentioned in an announcement.
“The Supreme Court docket simply agreed to overview an abortion ban that unquestionably violates practically 50 years of Supreme Court docket precedent and is a check case to overturn Roe v. Wade. The results of a Roe reversal can be devastating. Over 20 states would prohibit abortion outright. Eleven states—together with Mississippi—at present have set off bans on the books which might instantaneously ban abortion if Roe is overturned.”
Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the anti-abortion Susan B. Anthony Record, mentioned the case is “a landmark alternative for the Supreme Court docket to acknowledge the proper of states to guard unborn kids from the horrors of painful late-term abortions.”
“Throughout the nation, state lawmakers appearing on the need of the individuals have launched 536 pro-life payments aimed toward humanizing our legal guidelines and difficult the novel established order imposed by Roe. It’s time for the Supreme Court docket to catch as much as scientific actuality and the ensuing consensus of the American individuals as expressed in elections and coverage,” she mentioned.