the search has agreed to hear a challenge to Mississippi’s ban on 15th week abortions, potentially upsetting Roe v Wade, a 1973 ruling establishing women’s abortion rights in the United States.
The 2018 state ban had been blocked by lower courts as inconsistent with Supreme Court precedent that protects a woman’s right to have an abortion before the fetus can survive outside of her home. uterus.
This will be the first abortion case heard by Judge Amy Cone Barret, a curator who former president Donald Trump appointed last year to replace the deceased The Juge Ruth Badar Ginsburg.
At the center of the test, which is expected to be heard this year, is whether a fetus is viable outside the womb after 15 weeks.
The Supreme Court said it would consider whether “all pre-viability bans on elective abortions are unconstitutional.”
Mississippi’s ban is a direct challenge to existing Supreme Court guidelines governing the legality of abortion.
If the ban is upheld, it could pave the way for new abortion restrictions that have been called for by the Conservatives.
Anti-abortion activists have waited for the Supreme Court to take up the case that could see the end of Roe v Wade.
In 1973, the Supreme Court ruling protected the freedom of pregnant women to choose to have an abortion without undue government restriction, overturning many federal and state abortion laws.
The case was brought by Norma McCorvey, who used the pseudonym Jane Roe in the lawsuit.
She became pregnant with her third child in 1969 and wanted to have an abortion, but lived in Texas, where abortion was illegal except when necessary to save the mother’s life.
His attorney alleged the Texas law was unconstitutional, with the district court agreeing with Roe.
The case was taken to the Supreme Court, following an appeal from Texas, with the court making a 7-2 decision in Roe’s favor.
Mississippi law would allow exceptions to the 15-week ban in the event of a medical emergency or severe fetal abnormality.
Doctors convicted of violating the ban would face the suspension or mandatory revocation of their medical license.
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“Alarm bells are ringing loud about the threat to reproductive rights,” said Nancy Northup, president of the Center for Reproductive Rights, which is among those challenging the law.
“The Supreme Court has just agreed to overhaul an abortion ban which clearly violates nearly 50 years of Supreme Court precedent and is a test case to overthrow Roe v. Wade. “
In June 2020, the Supreme Court struck down a Louisiana law that placed restrictions on doctors performing abortions.