Supreme Court will hear direct challenge to Roe v. Wade

Source: Politico | May 17, 2021 | Alice Miranda Ollstein

The court’s new conservative majority will have an opportunity to reconsider the landmark decision legalizing abortion nationwide.

The Supreme Court on Monday said it will review Mississippi’s ban on abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy, taking up a direct challenge to Roe v. Wade just a few months after its newest conservative justice joined the bench.

The Mississippi ban, which has been blocked by lower courts since it was enacted in 2018, will be one of the first reproductive rights cases argued before the Supreme Court since Justice Amy Coney Barrett was confirmed in October, giving conservatives a 6-3 majority that is widely expected to curtail abortion access.

The court will consider the heart of Roe by hearing arguments on whether all bans on abortion prior to the point of fetal viability are unconstitutional.

While the court recently took another abortion-related case out of Kentucky, the justices during those arguments will focus on a procedural question rather than consider the constitutional right to terminate a pregnancy.

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