(RepublicanNews.org) – Donald Trump’s appointment of Amy Coney Barrett to the nation’s highest court late last year shifted the court’s balance in favor of Conservatives by a margin of six to three. That shift provides the court the opportunity to reconsider prior precedents upholding a woman’s right to have an abortion.
On Monday, May 17, the Supreme Court agreed to hear a Mississippi case, Dobbs v. Jackson, focused around a law banning abortions after 15 weeks. If the Court sides with Mississippi, it could overturn portions of the Supreme Court’s landmark decision in Roe v. Wade (1973).
BREAKING: The Supreme Court agrees to take up a major abortion case that will give the court an opportunity to reconsider Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey. The case involves the constitutionality of Mississippi’s ban on most abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy.
— SCOTUSblog (@SCOTUSblog) May 17, 2021
Long-standing court precedents allow a woman to have an abortion until about 24 weeks of pregnancy, when a baby may survive outside the womb on its own. The Mississippi law in question only allows an abortion up to 15 weeks except in the case of a medical emergency or if the fetus has severe abnormalities. The law does not provide any exceptions for rape or incest.
A ruling upholding Mississippi’s law would force an overhaul of abortion laws in several states. Some court watchers have expressed cautious optimism it could do more, even possibly overturn Roe v. Wade. We will keep you informed as the case progresses.
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