The U.S. Supreme Court agreed to take up a case examining whether Mississippi’s pro-life ban on elective abortions 15 weeks into pregnancy is unconstitutional.
This particular restriction in Mississippi was first enacted in 2018 and allowed abortions after the 15-week date for “medical emergencies” and “severe” fetal abnormalities. Lower courts, however, including the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit, blocked the law and ruled that it places an undue burden on women who want to abort their child after the state’s deadline.
By choosing to take up Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health, justices on the Supreme Court are teeing up to reevaluate “whether all pre-viability prohibitions on elective abortions are unconstitutional” and potentially change how landmark abortion cases such as Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey affect Americans.
Pro-life activists celebrated the decision as a step in the right direction to ban abortion altogether.
“This is a landmark opportunity for the Supreme Court to recognize the right of states to protect unborn children from the horrors of painful late-term abortions,” said SBA List President Marjorie Dannenfelser. “Across the nation, state lawmakers acting on the will of the people have introduced 536 pro-life bills aimed at humanizing our laws and challenging the radical status quo imposed by Roe. It is time for the Supreme Court to catch up to scientific reality and the resulting consensus of the American people as expressed in elections and policy.”
Abortion activists, corporate media, and some on the left, however, are disgruntled and even panicked that the Supreme Court chose to take up an abortion case only after Justice Amy Coney Barrett, who has privately supported pro-life endeavors, joined the highest court.
Let's be explicit: anti-abortion extremists made it clear that this was the goal all along. It's why they couldn't wait to rush Amy Coney Barrett onto the Supreme Court before the November election.
Keep your hands off of our health care. https://t.co/HL95SzqKMw
— Planned Parenthood Advocacy Fund of MA (@PPAdvocacyMA) May 17, 2021
The Mississippi ban will be one of the first reproductive rights case argued before the Supreme Court since Justice Amy Coney Barrett was confirmed in October, giving conservatives a 6-3 majority https://t.co/U3hDYhk0pT
— POLITICO (@politico) May 17, 2021
The Supreme Court will hear a case challenging a Mississippi law that prohibits nearly all abortions after the 15th week of pregnancy.
It will be the first abortion case to be fully argued before the SCOTUS since Justice Amy Coney Barrett’s confirmation.https://t.co/cRM9Lkkssm
— Vox (@voxdotcom) May 17, 2021