Supreme Court faces alienating half the U.S. with abortion, gun rights rulings | Opinion

Supreme Court faces alienating half the U.S. with abortion, gun rights rulings | Opinion

Guest Columnist Tennessee is one of 24 states supporting Mississippi’s effort to salvage a law that restricts abortion. Tennessee is one of 26 red states supporting the gun rights advocates in a New York case. Kenneth Jost covered courts for the Tennessean from 1971 to 1976 and has written the annual series Supreme Court Yearbook for CQ Press since 1993. The U.S. Supreme Court opens a new term on Monday with conservative interest groups fully mobilized behind test cases seeking to overturn the Roe v. Wade abortion rights ruling and seeking to establish a Second Amendment right to carry firearms outside the home. The two cases – from Mississippi and New York respectively – pose political challenges for the court’s six-justice conservative majority while the court’s standing with the public is falling according to recent public opinion polls. Tennessee, through the office of Attorney General Herbert Slatery , has lined up with other red states in friend-of-the-court briefs urging the justices to adopt the conservative groups’ positions in both cases. Hear more Tennessee Voices: Get the weekly opinion newsletter for insightful and thought provoking columns . Roe v. Wade is at stake in Mississippi abortion case In the abortion case, Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization , Tennessee is one of 24 states supporting Mississippi’s effort to salvage a law struck down by two lower federal courts that prohibits abortions after the 15th week of pregnancy. The Mississippi law directly contradicts the Roe v. Wade ruling in 1973 that […]

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