Mississippi asks US Supreme Court to overturn abortion rights landmark

The state of Mississippi on Thursday urged the US Supreme Court in a major case to argue for its next term to overturn a landmark 1973 ruling that recognized women have a constitutional right to obtain abortions.

Mississippi Attorney General Lynn Fitch, a Republican, said in court papers that the Roe v. Wade ruling and the subsequent 1992 ruling confirmed that it was both “extremely wrong” and called on state legislatures to prohibit abortion. There should be more discounts. The court has a 6-3 conservative majority.

The filing marked the first time that Mississippi sought to revive a restrictive state abortion law blocked by lower courts, Roe v. Wade, which legalized abortion nationwide and ended an era in which some states had banned the procedure, a central part of its logic.

“The time has come for the court to set this authority and return this political debate to the political branches of government,” Fitch said in a statement.

Mississippi is one of several Republican-ruled states that have passed ever more restrictive abortion laws in recent years.

In May the court agreed to take on the Mississippi case and will hear it in its term beginning in October. The judges are likely to hear oral arguments in November, with the decision by the end of June 2022.

“If the cry falls, half the states in the country are ready to ban abortion altogether. Women of child-bearing age in America have never known a world in which they did not have this basic right, And we’ll keep fighting to make sure they never will,” said Nancy Northup, president of the Center for Reproductive Rights, one of the challengers to Mississippi’s law.

Mississippi’s Republican-backed 2018 law bans abortion after 15 weeks of pregnancy. Lower courts ruled against the law, which legislators enacted with full knowledge that it was a direct challenge to Roe v. Wade.

The overthrow of Roe v. Wade has been a longstanding objective of religious conservatives, who held that the constitutional right to personal privacy protects a woman’s ability to obtain an abortion.

The court, in its 1992 decision, Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Pennsylvania v. Casey, upheld the ruling and prohibited laws that place an “unreasonable burden” on a woman’s ability to obtain an abortion.

cry v. Wade said states cannot ban abortion before the viability of the fetus outside the womb, which is typically seen by doctors as between 24 and 28 weeks.

Mississippi law would ban abortion long before that. Other states have backed laws that would have previously banned the process.

Abortion opponents hope the Supreme Court in Roe v. Wade will narrow or reverse. The court’s conservative majority includes the third appointment of Republican former President Donald Trump last year, Justice Amy Connie Barrett. He replaced Liberal Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, an abortion rights champion, who died in September.

After the only abortion clinic in Mississippi, the Jackson Women’s Health Organization sued to block the 15-week ban, in 2018 a federal judge ruled against the state. In 2019, the 5th US Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans reached the same conclusion.

The Supreme Court in a June 5–4 2020 decision struck down a Louisiana law that banned doctors performing abortions. Ginsburg was still on the court at the time and conservative Chief Justice John Roberts voted with the liberal wing of the court in the decision. However, Roberts made it clear that he voted this way because he felt bound by the court’s 2016 decision, which affected similar Texas law.


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