Supreme Court Hears Abortion Case Which Could Overrule Roe v. Wade

The fate of the landmark case Roe v. Wade hangs in the balance as arguments begin on Wednesday at the Supreme Court over Mississippi’s strict abortion law.

Mississippi passed a law banning abortion after 15 weeks of pregnancy, but the state also enacted a law prohibiting the procedure after six weeks, which is before most women know they’re pregnant. The case, Dobbs v. Jackson, is related to the 15-week ban, according to NPR.

The state is asking the Supreme Court to reverse all of its previous decisions on abortions and allow the states to exercise its right to make decisions on abortions.

The state’s attorney general, Lynn Fitch, told the Explicitly Pro-Life podcast that abortion “needs to be given back to the states. The unelected judiciary don’t need to be making those decisions for us. … We all elect our legislators… and then you know what? They’re accountable,” according to NPR.

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Abortion rights activists are paying close attention and have expressed worry that Roe v. Wade would be overturned, particularly because conservatives now hold a 6-3 majority on the Court.

Former President Donald Trump appointed three conservative justices in his term and has said that he’d appoint judges that oppose abortion rights.

Justice Amy Coney Barrett, Trump’s most recent appointee who replaced Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg following her death in 2020, has spoken out against abortion being a constitutional right. She described the culture around it as “abortion on demand” in a signed statement from St. Joseph County Right to Life.

“We, the following citizens of Michiana, oppose abortion on demand and defend the right to life from fertilization to natural death,” the statement, which appeared in a 2006 South Bend Tribune advertisement, said.

According to the Associated Press, Mississippi is also asking SCOTUS to overrule Planned Parenthood v. Casey, its 1992 ruling reaffirming Roe.

Oral arguments begin at 10 a.m. A decision is expected in June.

This is a developing story.