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December 2, 2021

Supreme Court Poised to Uphold Mississippi’s Abortion Law

The Supreme Court appeared to uphold a Mississippi law that would ban virtually all abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy, marking a dramatic turn from the previous 50 years of rulings.

A majority of the court’s justices indicated they were prepared to uphold the measure and discard the court’s previous standard that prevented states from implementing abortion bans before a fetus becomes viable — usually about 24 weeks into a pregnancy.

Several justices cautioned that the court would appear to be a political entity if it overturned a precedent that’s been in place for decades.

“It is particularly important to show that what we do in overturning a case is grounded in principle and not social pressure,” Justice Stephen Breyer said.

The conservative members of the bench suggested they were prepared to overturn Roe v. Wade because it was wrongly decided.

“Can’t a decision be overruled because it was wrong when it was decided?” Justice Samuel Alito asked.

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Justices’ abortion remarks: Is it time to overturn Roe?

October 5, 2021

Biden administration reverses Trump-era abortion rule

On Monday, the Biden administration reversed a Trump-era restriction on abortion referrals by family planning clinics amid rising tensions over related legislation.

The Trump administration banned clinics from referring patients for abortions, which prompted a mass exodus of service providers, mainly consisting of Planned Parenthood affiliates.

“I have heard that almost everywhere in the country people have made the decision that conditions will be good for them to return to the program,” said Clare Coleman, president of the National Family Planning & Reproductive Health Association.

Planned Parenthood, the country’s largest service provider, criticized part of the new rule that allows individual medical professionals who object to the procedure not to provide referrals. The White House responded that it’s “in accordance with applicable federal law.”

The new policy will take effect on Nov. 8.

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Biden lifts abortion referral ban on family planning clinics

September 26, 2021

House Democrats vote to establish federal right to abortion

The House passed a measure that would establish the right to have an abortion under federal law.

The legislation, known as the Women’s Health Protection Act, passed with a vote of 218-211. It would guarantee the right to abortion access and ensure providers would be permitted to perform the procedure.

The vote comes as a controversial Texas law sparked renewed debate over the issue across the nation.

However, the measure is unlikely to pass in the Senate, as it would require the support of at least 10 Republicans.

“I support codifying Roe. Unfortunately, the bill … goes way beyond that. It would severely weaken the conscious exceptions that are in the current law,” said Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME), who is pro-choice.

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House passes legislation protecting the right to an abortion, but bill faces unlikely prospects in the Senate

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