America’s highest court will revisit legislation that recognizes a woman’s right to terminate pregnancy on Dec. 1.
The U.S. Supreme Court will review its 1973 Roe versus Wade ruling on abortion. Mississippi state is appealing two federal court blocks against the 2018 Gestational Age Act, which bans abortion after 15 weeks with just two exceptions.
Mississippi Attorney General Lynn Fitch (R) believes the blocks are “egregiously wrong” and should be overturned.
“Under the Constitution, can a state ban elective abortions prior to viability? Yes,” she said in court documents. “There is nothing in the constitutional text, structure, history, or tradition that supports a right to abortion.”
Fitch claims the Roe versus Wade decision is inconsistent with a judicial requirement for courts to act based on “neutral principles.”
Meanwhile, 228 of 231 GOP lawmakers urged the court to uphold Mississippi’s ban on abortion after 15 weeks of pregnancy, and to overturn Roe versus Wade if necessary.
“Mississippi’s case provides the court a chance to release its vice grip on abortion politics,” Americans United for Life, which represents the lawmakers, previously said. “Congress and the states have shown that they are ready and able to address the issue in ways that reflect Americans’s varying viewpoints and are grounded in the science of fetal development and maternal health.”
The appeal represents the most significant challenge to the Roe versus Wade decision since 1992.
“If Roe falls, half the states in the country are poised to ban abortion entirely,” Center for Reproductive Rights president Nancy Northup said according to the Western Journal.
Since 2019 more than 250 pro-life bills have been introduced in 41 of the 50 United States to restrict or ban the controversial procedure. State legislatures have passed more than 400 pro-life laws since the year 2011.
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