Factbox: Abortion, gun rights, religion on agenda for U.S. Supreme Court

Factbox: Abortion, gun rights, religion on agenda for U.S. Supreme Court

A general view of the U.S. Supreme Court building in Washington, D.C., U.S. June 25, 2021. REUTERS/Ken Cedeno/File Photo Oct 1 (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court’s new nine-month term, which begins on Monday, promises to be among the most momentous in generations. The justices are poised to decide major cases that could roll back abortion rights and broaden gun and religious rights. Here is a look at some of cases the court will decide during the term, which runs through the end of next June. Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization The scope of the constitutional right to abortion is at stake in this case, to be argued on Dec. 1. It involves an appeal by Mississippi to revive the state’s Republican-backed law that bans abortion after 15 weeks of pregnancy. Lower courts have ruled against the state. Mississippi is asking the Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 ruling that legalized abortion nationwide. New York State Rifle & Pistol Assn. v. Bruen This case, to be argued on Nov. 3, could further expand gun rights in a National Rifle Association-backed challenge to New York state’s restrictions on people carrying concealed handguns in public. The case tests the scope of the U.S. Constitution’s Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms and could undermine firearms control efforts nationally. Carson v. Makin Religious rights are at issue in this case, to be argued on Dec. 8. It involves a challenge to a Maine tuition assistance program […]

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