The Supreme Court has agreed to hear a Mississippi case challenging Roe v. Wade

May 17th

The United States Supreme Court said Monday that it will hear arguments in a Mississippi abortion case that could directly challenge the landmark Roe v. Wade decision of 1973.

The case, Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization, will seek to answer the question of whether "pre-viability prohibitions on elective abortions are unconstitutional."

Mississippi is one of many states that have implemented abortion limits. A historic number of pro-life bills have been implemented in recent years, with over 500 filed in 2021 alone.

Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization challenges one such Mississippi law that bans abortions after the 15th week of pregnancy.

A federal judge ruled that the Mississippi law was unconstitutional in 2018 and the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld that ruling in 2019, but the state of Mississippi filed an appeal with the Supreme Court.

The case will be the first major test of all three Trump-era appointees to the Supreme Court on the issue of abortion.


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