The pro-abortion left is up in arms this week after the U.S. Supreme Court announced that it will soon hear oral arguments in a Mississippi abortion case that has the potential to make landmark status, as it will directly challenge precedent set by Roe v. Wade.
According to Fox News, the case, known as Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health, will be heard starting on Dec. 1. The case centers around a Mississippi abortion law that bans abortions after 15 weeks, which many argue is an updated “fetal viability” date.
The previous fetal viability timeline, 24 weeks, was set in 1973 when Roe was decided. Critics argue that because of exponential advances in medical science, babies born as early as the 15-week mark have a viable chance to survive outside of the mother’s womb.
The Mississippi law has been highly criticized by pro-abortion advocates for a number of reasons, including the fact that it doesn’t allow exceptions for incest or rape cases. The only exceptions available for women who seek abortions after 15 weeks are those that include medical emergencies.
When the Supreme Court finally rules on the Mississippi case, depending on the outcome, it could have far-reaching consequences in other states. Should SCOTUS rule the law unconstitutional, it would have almost an immediate effect on other states, such as Texas, that have passed strict abortion bans.
However, should the conservative majority high court rule the law constitutional, it could shake the very foundation of abortion in America and ultimately undo the 1973 Roe ruling.
Notably, the oral arguments for Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health will be the first to be held in person in the Supreme Court since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.
That also means unlike most cases over the past year, which have been made available for the public to watch through the internet, the arguments for the abortion case will only be made available for select media and legal teams.
A final determination on the Mississippi law is expected sometime in 2022, and it will undoubtedly be a high-priority topic for congressional candidates on both sides of the political aisle for the 2022 midterm elections.