The left is coming unglued over the anti-abortion push that has been taking place in Republican-led states.
CNN, this week, released a report suggesting a link between this anti-abortion push and the fact that the U.S. Supreme Court now has a decidedly-conservative majority.
It was former President Donald Trump who gave the Supreme Court this decidedly-conservative majority when he nominated Justice Amy Coney Barrett to the bench, following his nominations of Brett Kavanaugh and Neil Gorsuch. This means that conservatives on the court now do not even need the vote of Chief Justice John Roberts, who often votes with the liberals, to pass a majority opinion.
According to CNN, however, it is not this conservative majority alone that has led to the anti-abortion push that has been taking place in the red States.
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In addition to the conservative majority, according to CNN, it is that this majority has signaled that it might be willing to overturn Roe v. Wade and Casey v. Planned Parenthood, the two landmark abortion cases in which the court discovered in the Constitution a woman’s right to have an abortion.
The signal, according to CNN, was given during last year’s Supreme Court hearing on the challenge to Mississippi’s 15-week abortion ban. Many experts believe that the way the conservative justices handled that hearing suggests that they are likely to overturn or at least partially overturn Roe and Casey.
According to CNN, it is these two things, though, that have given Republican-led states the signal to pursue anti-abortion legislation that previously they would not have pursued.
The outlet writes:
But after former President Donald Trump’s appointments of Brett Kavanaugh and Amy Coney Barrett established a clear conservative majority on the court – and particularly since that majority signaled during last year’s hearing on a challenge to Mississippi’s 15-week abortion ban that it is inclined to retrench or entirely scrap Roe – the red states are removing the veils to more clearly indicate where they will take the law if the court allows them.
CNN released its report after several Republican-led states in recent weeks passed anti-abortion laws. Three such states that did so just last week are Oklahoma, Florida, and Kentucky.
This trend first got started with Texas passing its controversial Texas Heartbeat Act, which bans abortions once a fetal heartbeat can be detected. Many of the bills that are being passed in other states are similar to or the same as Texas’s bill.
The Supreme Court essentially has allowed Texas’s law to remain on the books by refusing to hear a challenge to it.
All eyes are now on how the court will rule in the Mississippi case. The Supreme Court is expected to release its decision this summer, perhaps in late June.