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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September 21, 2021

Supreme Court to hear case that could overturn Roe v. Wade

The Supreme Court announced that it would hear a case regarding a Mississippi abortion law on Dec. 1, marking one of the most notable cases that may lead to the overturning of Roe v. Wade.

Roe v. Wade is a landmark Supreme Court case from 1973 which legalized abortion nationwide before viability, which can occur at about 24 weeks of pregnancy.

Mississippi’s Gestational Age Act allows abortion after 15 weeks “only in medical emergencies or for severe fetal abnormality” and makes no exception for rape or incest. Doctors who violate the law will have their medical licenses suspended or revoked. Though the state law passed in 2018, two federal courts blocked it.

“The conclusion that abortion is a constitutional right has no basis in text, structure, history, or tradition,” Mississippi Attorney General Lynn Fitch (R) wrote in a July brief to the Supreme Court.

A district court blocked the law, a decision upheld by a federal appeals court.

“States may regulate abortion procedures prior to viability so long as they do not ban abortions,” said a panel of US Circuit Court of Appeals judges in December 2019.


Supreme Court to hear restrictive Mississippi abortion law on December 1

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