Mississippi abortion law: Supreme Court to hear case December 1
The Biden administration urged the Supreme Court on Monday to uphold Roe v. Wade – the landmark 1973 Supreme Court ruling legalizing abortion nationwide before viability, which can occur at around 24 weeks pregnant – and overturning Mississippi law that prohibits most abortions. after 15 weeks.
Rejecting Roe, he said, “would hurt women (and their partners) who have organized intimate relationships and made choices that define their view of themselves and their place in society, based on on the availability of abortion in case contraception should fall. “
Fletcher said it would “seriously undermine women’s empowerment” and the effects would likely be “felt most severely by young women, women of color and those with less means.”
“The passing of three more decades means that every American woman of childbearing age has grown up within the context of the right guaranteed by Roe and Casey, which has become even more deeply ingrained in the fabric of the nation,” Fletcher said Monday.
Mississippi’s Gestational Age Act, passed in 2018 but blocked by two federal courts, allows abortion after 15 weeks “only in a medical emergency or for a serious fetal abnormality” and has no exception for rape or incest. If doctors perform abortions outside the parameters of the law, their medical licenses will be suspended or revoked and may be subject to additional penalties and fines.
“The conclusion that abortion is a constitutional right has no basis in text, structure, history or tradition,” Fitch told the judges.
The arguments for overthrowing Roe are “overwhelming,” Fitch said.
Julie Rikelman, attorney for the Center for Reproductive Health – which represents the Jackson Women’s Health Organization, Mississippi’s only authorized abortion center, and the clinic’s medical director, Sacheen Carr-Ellis – told judges earlier this month- ci that they should reject the demand to “throw aside half a century of established precedent and abandon a rule of law which, according to this Court, involves only the country’s confidence in the judiciary”.
“As female athletes and sports, we must have the power to make important decisions about our bodies and to exercise control over our reproductive lives,” Rapinoe said in a statement.
Judges deliberated for months on whether to resume the Mississippi dispute, finally announcing their decision last spring and sending shockwaves through groups supporting abortion rights, who fear the conservative majority – reinforced by three of those appointed by former President Donald Trump – does not overturn long-established constitutional protections for access to abortion.
A district court blocked the law in a decision upheld by a federal appeals court.
“In an unbroken line dating back to Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court’s abortion cases have established (and upheld and reaffirmed) a woman’s right to choose an abortion before viability,” a panel of judges said. of the 5th United States Court of Appeals. said in December 2019. “States can regulate abortion procedures before viability as long as they do not ban abortions,” the court said and concluded that “the law at issue is a ban.”
This story was updated with additional developments on Monday.