Mississippi Asks Supreme Court to Uphold 15-Week Abortion Ban, Overturn Roe v. Wade

Headline Roundup July 22nd, 2021

Mississippi's attorney general urged the Supreme Court Thursday to uphold a 2018 state law that prohibits most abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy — a law in conflict with Roe v. Wade, which legalized abortion at the federal level. Mississippi Attorney General Lynn Fitch (R) said in a merits brief that Roe v. Wade and 1992 case Planned Parenthood v. Casey are "egregiously wrong," and that state legislatures should have more authority to decide their own abortion laws. The filing is the first time the state has included an attempt to overturn Roe v. Wade in its argument. In May, the Supreme Court agreed to take up the case during its next session, which begins in October. 

The story received wide coverage across the political spectrum, with most reports offering speculation about the case's outcome.

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The state of Mississippi has just filed its merits brief in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, the big abortion case to be decided by the Supreme Court next term. At issue in the case is Mississippi’s Gestational Age Act, enacted in 2018, which allows abortions after 15 weeks of gestational age only in medical emergencies or in instances of severe fetal abnormality.

It is difficult to see how the Court could rule in favor of Mississippi without overruling Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey, so I’m glad to see Mississippi’s strong and straightforward...

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Calling Roe v. Wade “egregiously wrong,” Mississippi’s attorney general urged the Supreme Court on Thursday to do away with the constitutional right to abortion and to sustain a state law that bans most abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy.

The court will hear arguments in the case in the fall, giving its newly expanded conservative majority a chance to confront what may be the most divisive issue in American law: whether the Constitution protects the right to end pregnancies.

Lower courts blocked the Mississippi statute, calling it a cynical and calculated assault...

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The state of Mississippi on Thursday urged the U.S. Supreme Court in a major case set to be argued in its next term to overturn the landmark 1973 ruling that recognized that women have a constitutional right to obtain an abortion. 

Mississippi Attorney General Lynn Fitch, a Republican, said in papers filed with the court that the Roe v. Wade ruling and a subsequent 1992 decision that affirmed it were both “egregiously wrong” and that state legislatures should have more leeway to restrict abortion. The court has a 6-3 conservative...

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