Supreme Court to hear clashes over abortion, gun rights this week

Supreme Court to hear clashes over abortion, gun rights this week

The Supreme Court will be the scene of high drama in the coming days when the justices hear arguments over abortion and gun rights in what could be a defining week of a blockbuster court term. The pair of high-stakes oral arguments on divisive matters of intense public interest may provide a glimpse into the 6-3 conservative court’s willingness to reshape American life. “No issues in our society are more controversial or more reflective of our political divide than abortion and guns,” said Erwin Chemerinsky, dean of the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law. “Both are before the court the week of November 1 and will give us a clear sense of what it means to have a court with six conservative justices.” On Monday, Texas’s controversial six-week abortion ban will get a second look from the justices. In a previous 5-4 ruling, which largely broke along familiar ideological lines, the justices let the law go into effect while lower court challenges played out. Since that Sept. 1 ruling — which did not address the measure’s constitutionality — litigation over the law, known as S.B. 8, has percolated back up to the Supreme Court. The Department of Justice (DOJ) and Texas abortion providers — the challengers in the case — argue that S.B. 8 violates broad protections for abortion access that the Supreme Court has recognized for nearly five decades, starting with the 1973 decision in Roe v. Wade. The court on Monday will not directly address the […]

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