Pro-abortion Democrats are likely shaking in their boots in anticipation of an upcoming U.S. Supreme Court case that, in theory, could strike a major blow to the precedent set by Roe v. Wade back in 1973. But it seems Republicans aren’t at all concerned.
According to the Washington Examiner, Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves (R) has fully welcomed the idea of the Supreme Court handing down a decision on a controversial law in his state that bans abortions after 15 weeks. The governor says the case against the ban could provide a “vehicle” for SCOTUS to explore what he and many others believe are outdated guidelines set by a nearly 50-year-old precedent.
The high-profile case out of Mississippi is expected to be heard this coming fall, with a ruling expected to be handed down in spring or summer of 2022.
“The science has changed”
Mississippi Republicans first passed the ban on abortions after 15 weeks gestation in 2018, citing exponential advancements in medical science that experts believe make human life viable outside of the womb much earlier than in past decades.
The Supreme Court had ruled previously that abortions could be performed up until the point of viability. But that guidance was based on decades-old science that proponents of Mississippi’s bill consider archaic — an argument that Reeves made clear in a recent interview.
“We know so much more in America today about the formation of young children in the womb than we did when Roe v. Wade was decided in 1973,” the GOP governor said, according to the Examiner. “We know that the heart has partially formed at 15 weeks. We know that the baby in the womb is practicing breathing. We know that most internal organs have started to form, and we believe that that child is viable outside the womb.”
Reeves also said he doesn’t hope to strike down Roe v. Wade with the latest case, but wants to give the nation’s highest court a chance to catch up with modern science.
“The question is, the science has changed, and therefore, it makes sense for the court to review their decisions from the past, and this is a vehicle in which for them to do it,” Reeves said, according to the Examiner.
Trump’s trio could change everything
There’s a good reason why the Jackson Women’s Health Organization urged the high court not to take up the case, as it will mark the first test of a potential major abortion rights case since former President Donald Trump’s unprecedented three appointees joined the Supreme Court.
Not only does the high court currently stand at a 6–3 conservative majority, but Justice Amy Coney Barrett is also especially passionate on the issue, and was even ridiculed by the pro-abortion left in the lead-up to her confirmation hearings for having previously using the term “unborn victims” to describe aborted babies.
According to CNBC, Trump’s other two appointees, Justices Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh, have also ruled on the side of more restrictive abortion laws.
Only time will tell how this particular case ends up, but it will likely garner extreme media attention — and depending on when it wraps up, it could be an election-maker in the upcoming 2022 midterms.