The U.S. Supreme Court today (May 17) said it will review a Mississippi abortion law that bans abortion in almost all cases after 15 weeks of pregnancy.
Today’s announcement is seen by many as a sign justices are ready to roll back, if not overturn, Roe v. Wade, the 1973 decision that legalized abortion nationwide.
First abortion case since Barrett confirmation
The case, Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, 19-1392, will be the first abortion case the court has taken up since Justice Amy Coney Barrett was confirmed, shifting the court to a 6-3 conservative majority.
In accepting the case, the court said it would examine whether “all pre-viability prohibitions on abortion are unconstitutional.”
Decision likely in 2022
The court will hear arguments in the case during its next term, which starts in October. A decision would likely come in spring or summer of 2022.
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