ADAM LIPTAK: Back on the bench, the Supreme Court faces a blockbuster term

ADAM LIPTAK: Back on the bench, the Supreme Court faces a blockbuster term

Supreme Court Associate Justice Amy Coney Barrett, left, stands with Chief Justice John Roberts outside the Supreme Court in Washington, Friday, Oct. 1, 2021, during a ceremonial investiture ceremony. WASHINGTON — A transformed Supreme Court returns to the bench on Monday to start a momentous term in which it will consider eliminating the constitutional right to abortion, vastly expanding gun rights and further chipping away at the wall separating church and state.(Stefani Reynolds/The New York Times) EDITOR’S NOTE: Adam Liptak covers the Supreme Court for The New York times and writes Sidebar, a column on legal developments. A graduate of Yale Law School, he practiced law for 14 years before joining The Times in 2002. A transformed Supreme Court returns to the bench on Monday to start a momentous term in which it will consider eliminating the constitutional right to abortion, vastly expanding gun rights and further chipping away at the wall separating church and state. The abortion case, a challenge to a Mississippi law that bars most abortions after 15 weeks, has attracted the most attention. The court, now dominated by six Republican appointees, seems poised to use it to undermine and perhaps overturn Roe v. Wade , the 1973 decision that established a constitutional right to abortion and barred states from banning the procedure before fetal viability. The highly charged docket will test the leadership of Chief Justice John Roberts, who lost his position at the court’s ideological center with the arrival last fall of Justice Amy […]

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