Abortion, religion, gun rights on agenda as Supreme Court starts new term

Abortion, religion, gun rights on agenda as Supreme Court starts new term

Photo: Zach Gibson/AFP via Getty Images The Supreme Court begins a new nine-month term on Monday, with major cases on abortion , religion and gun rights on the docket. Driving the news: It will be the first in-person session with most of the justices since the pandemic forced proceedings to be held virtually last year. Justice Brett Kavanaugh, who on Thursday tested positive for COVID-19 but has no symptoms, will participate remotely this week, the court said on Friday. Here’s a look at some of the biggest cases the court will hear: Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization : In one of the most-anticipated cases this term, the Supreme Court will take up Mississippi’s ban on most abortions after 15 weeks. The ban is a direct challenge to the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling, which legalized abortion nationwide. The justices are set to hear the case in December. The case could have major implications across the country. A dozen states have so-called trigger laws that would ban abortions entirely if Roe is overturned, per AP . New York State Rifle & Pistol Association, Inc. v. Bruen : In a case that could expand gun rights, the court will hear an NRA-backed challenge to New York’s restrictions on people carrying concealed handguns in public, per Reuters . Oral arguments are expected to begin on Nov. 3. Carson v. Makin : The court is set to weigh in on religious rights in schools in a case that challenges a Maine […]

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