The justices will hear oral arguments regarding Mississippi’s 2018 Gestational Age Act, which bans abortions of unborn children whose gestational age is more than 15 weeks. Specifically, they have said their ruling will be limited to whether, as the state said in its petition to the court, “all pre-viability prohibitions on elective abortions are unconstitutional.” Viability for an unborn child, or the ability to survive outside the womb, is typically considered to be several weeks after the limit set by Mississippi’s law.
The Supreme Court’s major opinions that have controlled abortion law – Roe v. Wade in 1973 and Planned Parenthood v. Casey in 1992 – prohibit states from banning abortions before an unborn child is viable. The Roe decision legalized abortion throughout the country, while Casey affirmed Roe but permitted some state regulation of the procedure.
The options before the justices for a ruling expected to be issued by next summer include a reversal of both Roe and Casey, which would return abortion regulation to the states. Among other possibilities, the high court could uphold Mississippi’s ban and undermine Roe without overturning it explicitly.
Additional information from Christians for Personhood:
PERSONHOOD OF PREBORN HUMAN BEING EXPLICITLY STATED IN LEGAL BRIEF FILED IN DOBBS, ET AL. CASE ON BEHALF OF SEVERAL ABOLISH ABORTION SUPPORTERS:
Amici Curiae Legal Brief filed by Bradley Pierce, attorney, in the US Supreme Court for Dobbs, et al. v. Jackson Women's "Health" Organization, et al. case, for Foundation to Abolish Abortion, et al., includes this subheading: III. a. "A preborn human being, no matter how small, is a person under the Fourteenth Amendment" ( p. ii, pp. 25,26 ) Foundation to Abolish Abortion, et al. http://www.supremecourt.gov/DocketPDF/19/19-1392/185243/20210729123007530_41063%20pdf%20Pierce.pdf
Amici include: - Action For Life (Dennis Sarfate) - Free the States (Russell Hunter) - Operation Save America (Jason Storms) - Rescue Those - End Abortion Now (Jeff Durbin) - Southern Baptists for Abolishing Abortion - SC Right to Life (?) - Love Life (Justin Reeder) - Abolish Abortion NC (Wayne Groover) - 20 State Legislators (including SC Representative Jonathon Hill)
Filed July 29, 2021: Supreme Court of the United States https://www.supremecourt.gov/search.aspx?filename=/docket/docketfiles/html/public/19-1392.html
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