Oral Arguments Begin in Supreme Court Abortion Case

Oral Arguments Begin in Supreme Court Abortion Case

(NewsReady.com) – The fight over abortion is one of the most polarizing battles in American politics. In 1973, the Supreme Court legalized the procedure in the United States when it decided Roe v. Wade. Now, the High Court could overturn that ruling.

On Wednesday, December 1, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health. The case revolves around Mississippi’s 15-week abortion ban. The plaintiffs are asking the Court to lift a lower court’s decision blocking the law from taking effect.

Currently, Supreme Court precedent dictates states must allow abortions until a fetus is viable or has more than a 50% chance of living outside the womb. Doctors agree viability begins around the 24-week mark.

During oral arguments, the conservative Justices on the court seemed ready to uphold the Mississippi law. Justice Brett Kavanaugh, one of former President Donald Trump’s appointees, asked why the High Court should make this decision rather than states or Congress. Chief Justice John Roberts asked why 15 weeks would be an “inappropriate line.” Liberal Justice Sonia Sotomayor suggested the Court would lose all credibility if it makes a political decision to outlaw abortion.

The Justices will likely not issue a ruling until spring or early summer.

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