Critical Abortion Case Takes Spotlight in Supreme Court

Critical Abortion Case Takes Spotlight in Supreme Court

( – In 1973, Roe v. Wade affirmed every woman in the United States had the right to have an abortion, and in 1992, Planned Parenthood v. Casey reaffirmed the ruling. On December 1, the issue will once again come before the Supreme Court, and the justices have to decide whether they’ll allow a Mississippi ban on abortions after 15 weeks.

The 2018 law would affect a woman’s ability to terminate her pregnancy well before the viable gestation period of about 24 weeks. If the justices vote to let the law stand, it will trigger bans and restrictions across 11 states to do the same.

Although SCOTUS has a 6-3 conservative advantage, that doesn’t guarantee it’ll uphold the Mississippi law. In fact, the court’s newest right-leaning member, Justice Amy Coney Barrett, stated she wouldn’t let her personal views have any bearing on her “duties as a judge.”

Still, Shannon Brewer, who runs an abortion clinic in Mississippi, said she’s very worried about the case’s outcome. The Jackson Women’s Health Organization is the only clinic of its kind in the area and is seeing an influx of patients following the recent six-week Texas abortion restriction.

While the Supreme Court deliberates, those on both sides of the aisle will simply have to wait and see what the justices ultimately decide.

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