With Roe v. Wade pending, the United States Supreme Court agreed to consider a major withdrawal of abortion rights. This is the second time in weeks that the court’s new conservative majority has expressed its willingness to reconsider established legal doctrines. This time it was about abortion and a few weeks ago it was about guns.
The court said Monday it will review the next term to see if all state laws prohibiting prenatal abortions violate the constitution. The court was in Roe v. In 1973. The decision in the Wade case stated that women have the right to terminate a pregnancy within the first six months if the fetus cannot survive outside the womb.
The test case comes from Mississippi, which prohibits most abortions after the first 15 weeks of fetal survival. A trial committee of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, one of the most conservative courts in the United States, prevented the law from being applied and found the law inconsistent with Roe v. The Wade case and the subsequent abortion decision came into conflict.
The Mississippi case has been waiting several months before the court case, and the state urged judges to use the state’s appeal as a means to reconsider its abortion law. There is no indication why the court stood for so long, but it may have been waiting for oral argument, hoping to take action after the deadline.
The Mississippi law is one of many laws passed by conservative countries last year with the goal of eliminating or severely restricting abortion. Nancy Northup, president and CEO of the Center for Reproductive Rights, said: “The consequences of the reversal of fish eggs will be devastating.” “More than 20 states will completely ban abortion. Including Mississippi. Eleven states have currently imposed bans.” in the books. Once Roy is revoked, the ban will immediately ban abortion. “
From 2019 to now in states including Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Kentucky, Louisiana, Montana, Missouri, Ohio, Oklahoma, South, more than a dozen states including Carolina, South Carolina, Utah, and Tennessee, have lifted bans on abortion before survival.
In 2016, the Supreme Court upheld a similar ruling that struck down the six-week ban in North Dakota and the 12-week ban in Arkansas. That same year, the court struck down a Texas law that made abortion clinics difficult and expensive to operate.
But since then, the composition of the court has changed dramatically and Judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who primarily advocated for reproductive rights, has passed away. The retirement of Justice Anthony Kennedy, a centrist conservative who supported abortion rights; and the appearance of three other Trump appointments.
Most importantly, the court now has a 6-3 conservative majority, all six people are hostile to abortion rights at one point or another, and the newest judge, Amy Coney Barrett, is the most outspoken. against abortion later joined the court. Supreme Court.
The 6-3 majority represents that the Conservatives may lose their place on this issue and still have the upper hand. As long as Chief Justice John Roberts has a casting vote, this is not the case. Although she has never supported abortion rights, her method has always been to narrow the focus on Roe and slowly erode these rights. However, with Monday’s decision to solve the abortion problem before the entire feasibility study, it is possible that this method is being phased out and a more direct method being worked out, that is, toppling Roe.