Supreme Court Signals It Could Restrict Abortion In Landmark Mississippi Case

The new date is Dec 1, 2021, 12:11pm.

The Supreme Court heard arguments in its most consequential abortion case in decades Monday, with key conservative-leaning justices suggesting they could uphold Mississippi's ban on abortion after 15 weeks and roll back abortion rights nationwide.

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Mississippi wants the court to overturn the decision.

John Roberts suggested during the hearing that he was open to getting rid of the viability requirement if the court did not overturn Wade.

The court could side with Mississippi without affecting other rulings that were made along similar lines, such as those that legalized same-sex marriage and birth control.

The Center for Reproductive Rights Senior Director, Julie Rikelman, was asked why safe haven laws that allow parents to relinquish their infant children do not adequately address issues regarding having to carry a pregnancy to term.

The state of Mississippi doesn't want the court to completely prohibit abortion or stop states from adopting their own laws that would allow the procedure, but rather say the Constitution is neutral on abortion and that the issue should be left.

The most consequential cases in this court's history are the ones that overruled precedent. If we think the prior precedents are wrong, why don't we return to the position of neutrality?

What to watch for.

The decision in the case won't be out for a while, but it will be out by the time the Supreme Court term ends in June. The Guttmacher Institute notes that if the Supreme Court overturns Wade, 12 states will immediately ban abortion. If the court allows Mississippi's law to stand, other states will be able to pass similar laws that restrict abortion. 13 states have passed measures that would protect abortion rights in the event of a court ruling.

The number is big.

A majority. According to a poll conducted in November, a majority of Americans agree with the Supreme Court's decision in the abortion case. Polls show that Americans are generally in favor of abortion rights, but support goes down further into the pregnant woman's body.

The key background.

The Supreme Court agreed to hear the case in May after the lower courts struck down the law. Since the Supreme Court decided in favor of abortion rights, more than 1,300 abortion restrictions have been enacted in the US, with anti-abortion state lawmakers trying to get the Supreme Court to revisit its precedent. The Mississippi case has drawn national attention because of it's national implications, and 12 Republican governors filed a brief with the court asking it to overturn the Supreme Court's abortion decision.

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The Supreme Court is considering two other abortion cases, one of which was brought by abortion providers and the other by the Justice Department. On November 1 the justices heard arguments on whether to allow those cases to move forward in the lower courts or issue an injunction that would block the law.
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