19 May SCOTUS to Hear Challenge to Roe v Wade
The Supreme Court will review Mississippi’s ban on abortion after 15 weeks of pregnancy. The case is a landmark opportunity to recognize states’ rights to restrict late-term abortions, limiting the controversial decision of Roe v. Wade. The case asks whether it is unconstitutional to ban all abortions before a fetus can survive outside the womb.
The high court will hear Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization this fall, following the Justices’ summer break.
And this may be just the first potential attack on Roe v Wade to come before the court in the coming months. More than a dozen abortion-related lawsuits are currently one step away from Supreme Court review, including state bans on surgical abortion methods and bans based on certain reasons for terminating a pregnancy, such as a fetal abnormality.
Meanwhile, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said following the Supreme Court announcement that President Biden is “committed to codifying” Roe v. Wade.
“The right to life is protected by the Constitution,” says Susan Arnall, Right to Life League Director of Outreach and Engagement.
“We hope the Justices will reverse Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey, which erroneously provide a constitutional ‘right’ to abortion before viability.”