Big issues going before the high court

Big issues going before the high court

(AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File) It’s wise to remember that you can’t believe everything you hear during a presidential campaign. However, when opposing candidates tell voters the next president’s appointees to the Supreme Court could shape the law for a generation, that can turn out to be true. Over the course of the Supreme Court term that began this week, the justices will hear cases that could have a significant impact on the right to bear arms and on the power of states to restrict access to legal abortion, as well as many other important and controversial issues. The abortion case, Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, is a challenge to a 2018 Mississippi law that bans most abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy. The law conflicts with the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision, which barred states from making abortion illegal before fetal viability, about 23 or 24 weeks. Following the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and the confirmation of Justice Amy Coney Barrett to succeed her, the court may have a five-vote majority to overturn Roe v. Wade. Chief Justice John Roberts, generally counted as a conservative, voted with the court’s liberal wing in a recent 5-4 ruling that declined to block a Texas abortion law from going into effect. But it’s impossible to be certain how any justice will vote on any particular case. President Dwight Eisenhower was reported to have said, after he left the White House, “I have made two mistakes, and they are both […]

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