Liberals around the country are about to go into panic mode over a case sitting on the Supreme Court’s docket.
June Medical Services v. Gee may not technically overturn Roe v. Wade, but it could make the precedent obsolete, according to Vox.
Ending Roe v. Wade?
When Donald Trump was elected president and was able to nominate not one, but two justices to the Supreme Court, most liberals thought Roe v. Wade was doomed.
Pro-lifers have been trying for decades to get the decision overturned, but justices won’t overturn a precedent without very good reason.
During their confirmation hearings, both Justices Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh were asked about overturning the ruling, and both stated they would be hesitant to do so.
However, they said nothing about ruling on current cases that would undermine Roe v. Wade.
Upholding June Medical Services v. Gee?
The Gee case is very similar to a case that was recently ruled on in Texas, Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt, which dealt with a new abortion law that had been put in place in the state requiring abortion doctors to have admittance privileges at a nearby hospital in order to be able to conduct abortions at their clinics.
The case was eventually heard by the Supreme Court, but the court struck down the law on the basis that such privileges would create an undue burden on a woman’s “right” to an abortion.
The court further ruled that because the new restriction could not be backed with enough evidence the law would actually help women, it could not be put in place.
The Gee case is almost identical to the one from Texas, but the makeup of the court is different, which could result in a different outcome. The justices could even opt to not hear the case, leaving the current ruling — which permits the law — in place.
Needless to say, both pro-life and pro-choice supporters will be on the edge of their seats as the justices make their decisions.
If they do decide to take the case, their final ruling should be handed down as early as June, and there is little doubt their decision will either strengthen Roe v. Wade — or rip it to shreds.