Texas abortion ban inflames Supreme Court fight

Joe Benning | Dreamstime.com Donald Trump’s array of conservative judicial appointments, including three that altered the balance of power on the Supreme Court, weren’t enough to win him a second term in the White House. They may, however, ensure that his campaign positions – curtailing abortions and fending off more stringent gun regulation – influence American law and culture for years, if not decades, to come. Less than four months after the real estate mogul vacated the Oval Office, the Supreme Court that he reshaped with a 6-3 majority of Republican appointees agreed to hear cases challenging gun and abortion regulations, an abrupt about-face from the reluctance of a more divided court to intervene in either issue. But while the question justices agreed to consider on gun rights in late April was comparatively narrow – whether the denial of concealed-carry licenses to two New York men violated their Second Amendment rights – the state of Mississippi’s petition in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization would strike at the heart of a 52-year-old ruling widely characterized as legalizing abortion in the U.S. “This is the moment anti-abortion politicians have been waiting for since Roe v. Wade was decided,” said Jennifer Dalven, director of the Reproductive Freedom Project at the New York-based American Civil Liberties Union. The case “could decimate, if not take away entirely, the constitutional right to abortion.” Those concerns were compounded two months later when the high court failed to act on a request to block a Texas […]

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