Biden Administration Urges Supreme Court to Uphold Roe v. Wade

Biden Administration Urges Supreme Court to Uphold Roe v. Wade

A view of the Jackson Women’s Health Organization, the last abortion clinic in Mississippi, April 5, 2018 in Jackson, Mississippi. Justices to consider Mississippi’s 15-week abortion ban U.S. says reliance on Roe v. Wade has increased since landmark ruling The federal government urged the Supreme Court to reaffirm the right to an abortion and strike down Mississippi’s ban on abortions after 15 weeks. If “States are permitted to ban pre-viability abortion, the effects are likely to be felt most acutely by young women, women of color, and those of lesser means, further diminishing their opportunities to participate fully and equally in the Nation’s social and economic life,” the government said in its brief filed Monday. Even if the current court would not come out the same way if Roe and the court’s 1992 ruling, Planned Parenthood v. Casey , decades of reliance on those cases requires that court not jettison those rulings. “Indeed, all women now of childbearing age (and presumably most of their partners) have grown up against the backdrop of Roe and Casey’s core holding,” it said. Earlier this month, the Supreme Court allowed a Texas abortion ban to go into effect, saying procedural issues kept the court from stepping in. The Texas law bans abortions after six weeks and—like the Mississippi ban—doesn’t include an exception for rape or incest. The justices will hear oral arguments in the Mississippi case Dec. 1. ‘Precedent on Precedent’ The government argued that Roe and Casey were rightly decided and the […]

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