Supreme Court’s Showdown Over Abortion Rights

by Jan Frazier

Washington, D.C. (Washington Insider Magazine)  A case that could possibly dramatically change 50 years of laws on abortion rights was looked at by the Supreme Court on Monday.

Three justices had been appointed by Donald Trump when he was president. It was a conversative 6-3 majority about “whether states can ban abortions before a fetus can survive outside the womb.”

In 1973, the case of Roe versus Wade made the decision that it was a “woman’s constitutional right to an abortion.” However, the justice system “could remove some of the underpinnings of a woman’s right to choose and lay the groundwork, including state bans on abortion once a fetal heartbeat is detected, as early as six weeks.”

It’s possible that next fall this court case will be argued with a decision coming in the spring of 2022, which will be at the same time as the campaign for congressional midterm elections. It would involve a state law that “would prohibit abortions after the 15th week of pregnancy.” 

It has been detected that “the state’s ban had been blocked by lower courts as inconsistent with Supreme Court precedent that protects a woman’s right to obtain an abortion before the fetus can survive outside her womb.”

In the past, the Supreme Court had taken the liberty of turning down any state appeals “over pre-viability abortion bans.”

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, they say that “more than 90 percent of abortions take place in the first 13 weeks of pregnancy.”

The Supreme Court has now agreed to look at an abortion ban that would be violating almost 50 years of the Supreme Court precedent. In addition, Nancy Northup, president, and CEO of the Center for Reproductive Rights, said that it would overturn Roe versus Wade.

John Bursch, vice-president or anti-abortion Alliance Defending Freedom, claimed that the “high court has repeatedly held that states can regulate abortions later in pregnancy.” Bursch further said that “viability has never been a legitimate way to determine a developing infant’s dignity or to decide anybody’s legal existence.”

This case has been put off for several months. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, an abortion rights proponent, passed away before the new term of the court in October. Ginsburg’s replacement has been Justice Amy Coney Barrett. Barett is the “most open opponent of abortion rights to join the court in decades.”


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