The U.S. Supreme Court has announced its decision to review a case that could challenge the foundation of the landmark Roe V. Wade decision, the Daily Caller reports.
In a statement on Monday, the nation’s highest court confirmed it would hear arguments in the Dobbs V. Jackson Women’s Health Organization case involving Mississippi’s 2018 ban on abortions after 15 weeks.
A review is expected to begin in October with a decision likely by the middle of next year.
Unsurprisingly, the potential impact on abortion rights has resulted in fierce objections from Democrats and progressive activists.
If the Supreme Court upholds Mississippi’s ban, it would effectively dismantle the entire legal framework built from the 1973 Roe decision enshrining abortion as an individual right.
Conservatives are celebrating the prospect and point to former President Donald Trump’s ability to appoint three justices to the Supreme Court as a potentially huge advantage in the case. Of course, progressives also understand what is at stake with a 6-3 conservative majority on the high court.
Ilyse Hogue, president of the National Abortion and Reproductive Rights Action League, issued a statement denouncing the court’s decision.
“Never forget that [Senate GOP Leader Mitch] McConnell and others mocked us and gaslit us through the [Justice Brett] Kavanaugh fight for claiming that legal abortion was in jeopardy,” she said. “They knew. They lied. We knew. We fought. And we’re so far from done fighting.”
For his part, far-left filmmaker Michael More chimed in with his thoughts, opining: “Gilead’s Supreme Court today began the process that will soon order forced childbirth for any and all women who become pregnant.”
Although the Supreme Court’s conservative majority is expected to reach a decision based on the law instead of activist ideology, proponents of legalized abortion remain up in arms over the perceived threat.
Mississippi’s 15-week abortion ban is among the nation’s more restrictive limits and is based on medical research indicating that an unborn child can feel pain as early as 12 weeks into development.
The news comes as Republican Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signed into law a measure that outlaws abortions as early as six weeks, or when a fetal heartbeat can be detected.