The Supreme Court is set to hear arguments in major cases on abortion and guns. Here’s what to know

The Supreme Court is set to hear arguments in major cases on abortion and guns. Here’s what to know

A demonstrator holds up an abortion flag outside of the U.S. Supreme Court as justices hear a major abortion case on the legality of a Republican-backed Louisiana law that imposes restrictions on abortion doctors, on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., March 4, 2020. Tom Brenner | Reuters Abortion and guns are front and center as the Supreme Court heads back to the bench in November to hear oral arguments in some of the highest-profile cases of the term. On Monday, the justices will hear back-to-back arguments in two cases, Whole Woman’s Health v. Jackson and United States v. Texas, challenging a restrictive Texas law that bans most abortions after about six weeks of pregnancy. Two days later, the court will hear arguments in New York State Rifle & Pistol Association v. Bruen, a case that centers on the Second Amendment’s protections of the right to carry guns in public. The cases, which deal with two of the most fraught and polarizing topics in American politics, will be handled by a court that had already stoked furious backlash and accusations of politicization even before its latest term began. Experts say the court’s conservative shift during the Trump administration may be part of the reason some of these cases are being heard in the first place. Here’s what to know: Abortion The court on Monday will consider questions about the structure of the Texas law, S.B. 8 , rather than grapple with the legal precedent for abortion — including Roe v. […]

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