The U.S. Supreme Court has started a new session and is set to hear arguments on a number of potentially impactful cases.
As Fox News reported, the conservative-leaning court will weigh in on major issues including abortion, gun rights, immigration, religion, and federal vaccine mandates, among others.
Abortion case on the docket
Depending on the outcomes of those cases, the nation’s highest court could overturn or modify existing precedents while broadly impact states and individuals beyond those involved directly in the underlying lawsuits.
One such case, Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, will be presented to the court in December.
The fundamental issue involves a Mississippi law that effectively bans abortions after the 15th week.
Justices will be called on to determine whether the court should uphold the law, which could essentially overturn precedent-setting abortion rulings like those in the cases of Roe v. Wade and Casey v. Planned Parenthood.
If the Mississippi law remains in effect, advocates on both sides of the issue say it would essentially give states the authority to raft their own laws regarding abortion rights.
Other important issues
Next month, the court will hear arguments in the case of New York State Rifle and Pistol Association v. Bruen, which challenges a state law requiring concealed carry applicants to show “proper cause” in order to receive a concealed carry permit.
If the court rules against that restrictive requirement, it could lead to similarly restrictive requirements outside of New York to be deemed unconstitutional.
Another major case with possible widespread implications is Carson v. Makin, which addresses the connection between private religious schools and state-funded tuition assistance. That case will be presented in December and seeks to determine whether states that prohibit families from using assistance funds for religious school tuition are violating their constitutional rights.
Among the other notable cases are arguments involving the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, the Biden agenda’s vaccine mandates, and the death penalty for Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.
Despite the court’s conservative majority, some on the right have expressed frustration over certain rulings. Regardless of how justices rule in the upcoming cases, it seems clear that one side or the other will be upset by the outcome.