On Monday, May 17, the Supreme Court agreed to hear from a case opposing abortion. This is the first case going to the Supreme Court since the 1973 case of Roe v. Wade.
This case is being brought to the Supreme Court by the state of Mississippi after questions of the legality of their ban of almost all abortions after 15 weeks. Many believe this is being brought to the Supreme Court now because the majority of the court is conservative. Since the case of Roe v. Wade, the court has consistently ruled that states cannot restrict a woman’s right to get an abortion before the age of viability. The age of viability is considered to be about 24 weeks, which is when a baby can be successfully resuscitated without suffering a major, life-altering condition or disease.
This case will be known as Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization. The court has delayed this case since last year, but is now discussing, “whether all pre-viability prohibitions on elective abortions are unconstitutional” according to supremecourt.gov. People on both sides of the political spectrum have opposing viewpoints. Those who are against abortions hope the more conservative court will support their beliefs with their ruling, but those who are proponents of abortion believe that this ruling could impact women’s reproductive rights across the country.
The case will be heard by the Supreme Court’s upcoming term and will likely have a final decision in 2022.