(UnitedHeadlines.com) – If there is one subject that showcases the bitter divide between political extremes in the United States, it would certainly be the matter of abortion. The procedure was legalized by the Supreme Court in 1973 with their decision in Roe v. Wade. Now, the Supreme Court is once again tackling the polarizing subject.
On Tuesday, November 30, the Supreme Court heard opening arguments for the Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization proceeding. The case concerns a ban on abortions after 15 weeks into a pregnancy and has brought the future of the Roe v. Wade ruling into question.
Roe v. Wade and the 1992 Planned Parenthood v. Casey decisions helped shape reproductive rights in America, allowing women access to legal abortions. However, with the Supreme Court majority being conservative, some people speculate it may overturn both cases.
CBS’ @nancycordes: “Is the White House concerned that the Supreme Court is about to overturn Roe v. Wade?”
WH Press Sec. Psaki: “The president is committed to working with Congress to codify the constitutional right to safe and legal abortion, as protected by Roe.” pic.twitter.com/IWsAfmty9g
— The Recount (@therecount) December 2, 2021
At the heart of the current case is the “viability line,” or the point at which a baby can survive outside the womb. Mississippi’s current law that bans abortions after 15 weeks is several weeks before the point of viability, even with modern medical equipment. Mississippi and other states have slowly chipped away at reproductive rights to the point where only one abortion provider is available in the state of Mississippi, Jackson Women’s Health.
It appears that Justice Brett Kavanaugh, a conservative, is looking to use the Dobbs case as an opening toward bigger changes. If the Supreme Court does decide to overturn the Roe v. Wade ruling, it will likely result in an immediate ban of abortion in nine states. Twelve other states could also initiate trigger bans, and Montana, Florida, Indiana, Nebraska and Wyoming would all likely ban abortions as well, making abortion illegal in over half of the country.
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