- The Supreme Court heard arguments in a pivotal case that could effectively overturn Roe v. Wade.
- The case involves whether Mississippi’s ban on abortion after 15 weeks is legal.
- Previous similar laws have been overturned by the Supreme Court.
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The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments today over Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, a consequential case that could overturn the right to seek an abortion in the United States.
Currently, people can seek an abortion before the fetus reaches viability, often about 24 weeks into pregnancy. According to previous court rulings, states should not be able to place an “undue” burden on people seeking an abortion.
However, in recent years, multiple states have passed laws that curb access to abortions before viability that have been challenged in court. In 2018, Mississippi passed a law that banned abortions after 15 weeks. This year, Texas passed a law that barred abortion after 6 weeks, before most people realize they are pregnant.
In previous years, similar laws have been overturned by the Supreme Court, but with the addition of Justice Amy Coney Barrett in 2020, the court now has a firm 6 to 3 conservative majority.
Jackson Women’s Health Organization is currently the only abortion clinic in Mississippi.
In the hours-long arguments, Julie Rikelman of the Center for Reproductive Rights who defended Jackson Women’s Health Organization made the case that women have the right to an abortion under the 14th amendment.
Justice Brett Kavanaugh highlighted the argument made by the attorney representing Mississippi that the Supreme Court should be “scrupulously neutral” on the issue of abortion and therefore leave the matter up to the states.
The Supreme Court is unlikely to make a decision soon, according to the New York Times the justices are likely to issue a ruling sometime next summer.