Mississippi abortion case to be heard by U.S. Supreme Court in October 2021
For the first time since the landmark decision of Roe V. Wade, in which the U.S. Supreme Court ruled the decision to terminate a pregnancy in the first trimester falls under a woman’s right to privacy, the court will rule on the constitutionality of a pre-viability abortion bans.
Nancy Northup, President and CEO of the Center for Reproductive Rights, said, “Would the court actually uphold this Mississippi law that just granted cert on, it would upend 50 years of precedent that they have guaranteed.”
Mississippi’s appeal of a lower court ruling that struck down the ban on most abortions after 15 weeks is the first to reach the Supreme Court from a wave of state laws intended to challenge the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision.
The plaintiff, Jackson Women’s Health Organization, is the lone licensed abortion provider in Mississippi.
Clinic Director Shannon Brewer expects an influx of calls and appointments in the coming weeks due to the announcement.
Brewer tells WXXV, “It’s nerve racking because every time something like this happens it’s proven to us that people still don’t think that a woman can make a fundamental decision about herself and about her body. That is should not be up to her and her health care provider.”
After considering the state’s petition for review 13 times, the court announced Monday it would take up the question of whether all bans on pre-viability elective abortions are unconstitutional.
Governor Tate Reeves responded to the news with a statement that said in part, “The sanctity of life. The future of our children. Mississippi is at the forefront of protecting both. And that is what is at stake in the case we have been praying the U.S. Supreme Court would decide to hear.”
This will be the first abortion case to be fully briefed and argued before the Supreme Court will hear since the passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and the addition of Justice Amy Coney Barrett — an open opponent to abortion.
The court will hear the case in the October 2021.