Supreme Court Hearing Oral Arguments on Abortion Ban

Supreme Court Hearing Oral Arguments on Abortion Ban

( – Supreme Court heard oral arguments regarding a Mississippi law that would ban abortion after 15 weeks. Landmark case, Roe v. Wade, and similar cases’ legal precedents became a focus of the debate. The fate of future qualified constitutional rights regarding abortion hangs in the balance.

The high court decided the Roe v. Wade case in 1973, and it has remained untouched for nearly half a century. Now, the case’s fate hangs in the balance as the last operational abortion clinic in Mississippi challenges the 2018 Gestational Age Act.

Lynn Fitch, Mississippi Attorney General, asserted that Roe v. Wade forces states to look at facts that are decades old. Fitch noted that technology, science, culture and medicine have all rapidly advanced since 1973, but abortion laws haven’t progressed nearly as fast.

If the Supreme Court, which is mainly conservative, decides to overturn Roe v. Wade, it would leave abortion laws up to the states. The court has a conservative majority, and conservatives hold pro-life values, which could spell trouble for the decision. The high court has been struggling with political polarization, and if its members rule against Roe v. Wade, it will undoubtedly add to the social political divide.

In nine states, pre-Roe v. Wade abortion bans would go into effect should the court overturn the case. Another 12 states will likely see automatic “trigger” bans, and Florida, Montana, Wyoming, Nebraska and Indiana would probably ban abortions as well, bringing the total number of states banning abortions to 26, over half the United States.

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