18 May 2021 - The US supreme court has announced it will consider a bid to enforce a ban on nearly all abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy! It could be a major win for pro-lifers and conservatives.
The now majority conservative court will hear the case in its next term and could easily lead to the precedent of Roe V Wade being gutted.
This comes after Trump appointed Justice Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court last year, giving conservatives a decisive 6-3 majority. Justice Barrett, a devout catholic will almost certainly agree with a ban on abortions past 15 weeks of pregnancy.
Chief Justice John Roberts, typically known as a conservative has taken sides with the left wing of the court before in favor of women’s rights. However, even with him voting on the left side, conservatives still have a majority thanks to Donald Trump.
Here's the kicker:
Donald Trump appointed three supreme court justices during his presidential term which left the court leaning heavily in the conservative direction. Justice Barrett replaced the late Ruth Bader Ginsburg who was actually a strong supporter of women’s rights!
Democrats tried to stop the appointment of Justice Barrett last year, saying it should wait until after the election. Their efforts were futile though and Amy Coney Barrett was appointed to the Supreme Court.
A law professor from the University of Texas commented that “if states are allowed to effectively ban abortions after the 15th week of pregnancy, as the Mississippi law in this case does, then pregnant women would have a far shorter window in which they could lawfully obtain an abortion than what Roe and Casey currently require.”
Many anti-abortion groups are welcoming the announcement saying it will be a landmark opportunity and the most important abortion case in almost 20 years.
This concerns progressives and democrats who want to expand the Supreme Court in order to balance the current conservative power. They know that cases like this will not go their way with the conservative majority.
With a conservative victory on this case, red states would be quick to ban abortion after 15 weeks which would be a massive victory for pro-lifers.
The case is a bid from Mississippi. The southern state has been trying to pass the law that would ban abortions after 15 weeks, but they have been blocked by lower courts on the premise of Supreme Court precedent. The Supreme Court’s precedent protects a woman’s right to obtain an abortion before the foetus can survive outside of the womb.
Currently the youngest premature baby to survive is 21-weeks old, awfully close to that 15-week mark. With advancements in medicine there is no reason why in the future premature babies born before 15-weeks could survive.
Not to mention the separate debate of abortions not being allowed once a heartbeat is detected. A heartbeat can typically be detected around 6 weeks of pregnancy.
Doesn’t that heart have a right to keep beating?
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