The U.S. Supreme Court docket revealed Monday that it’ll hear oral arguments in a significant abortion case on Dec. 1, kicking off a course of that might finally minimize off abortion entry in dozens of states.
The case out of Mississippi, Dobbs v. Jackson Girls’s Well being Group, is a direct problem to Roe v. Wade, the landmark Supreme Court docket choice that protects a girl’s proper to entry abortion with out extreme authorities restriction.
The justices introduced in Might that they’d take up the Mississippi case, which considerations a ban on almost all abortions after 15 weeks of being pregnant and the query of whether or not all pre-viability prohibitions on elective abortions are unconstitutional.
If the court docket decides in favor of the ban, it could primarily be tossing out the protections established by Roe v. Wade in 1973. It’s anticipated that an estimated 24 states would then instantly ban entry to the process.
“The stakes listed below are terribly excessive,” Nancy Northup, president and CEO of the Heart for Reproductive Rights, stated when the Supreme Court docket agreed to take up the case in Might. “If the court docket had been to weaken the correct to abortion, abortion would possible be banned ― banned solely in half of the nation, many locations within the South and the Midwest.”
Due to the three additions to the court docket in the course of the Trump presidency, opponents of abortion restrictions should make their case earlier than a panel of justices who’re predominantly conservative and hostile to the process. In the mean time, the court docket solely has three members firmly dedicated to upholding Roe v. Wade, however 5 could be wanted to take action.
The identical day the Supreme Court docket made its announcement, President Joe Biden’s administration reaffirmed its help for abortion entry and the Girls’s Well being Safety Act, which might create federal-level abortion protections.