Court’s new term to look at abortion, death penalty, religious liberty

Court’s new term to look at abortion, death penalty, religious liberty

WASHINGTON (CNS) — The U.S. Supreme Court’s new term, starting Oct. 4, returns to its standard routine: hearing arguments in person and taking on hot-button issues. The big cases, among the 34 it has so far agreed to hear, include those on abortion, the Second Amendment, and religious liberty issues related to a death penalty case and religious schools excluded from a state school choice program. The nine justices are jumping into the fray at a time when the public’s perception of the court is becoming more negative. A Gallup poll released two weeks before the court’s new session said only 40% of Americans approve of the job the court is doing, compared with 49% two months ago and 58% a year ago. “Not since Bush v. Gore has the public perception of the court’s legitimacy seemed so seriously threatened,” said Irv Gornstein, executive director of the Supreme Court Institute at Georgetown University Law School referring to the Supreme Court’s decision settling the 2000 presidential election. Likely the most anticipated case of the term is Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, the abortion case that will be argued Dec. 1 and has been described as potentially taking down Roe v. Wade, the court’s 1973 decision legalizing abortion. Here, the justices will consider the constitutionality of a Mississippi state law prohibiting abortions after the 15th week of pregnancy. The state ban was struck down by a federal District Court in Mississippi in 2018 and upheld a year later by the […]

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