The first true test of former President Donald Trump’s conservative majority Supreme Court will begin on Dec. 1, as the justices will begin to hear arguments in an abortion case that could, one way or another, impact the abortion issue for generations to come.
According to Fox News, the high court is set to hear Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health, which resulted from legislation passed in the state earlier this year that radically altered the length of time of when a fetus is considered viable, lowering it to 15 weeks in a pregnancy.
At stake is the landmark 1973 win for pro-abortion advocates known as Roe v. Wade. There is a possibility that the Supreme Court, in its final decision, could overturn the decades-old law, which proponents of the Mississippi law say is outdated due to exponential advances in medical science.
Court-watchers and legal experts will closely monitor the developments in the upcoming hearing, and have pointed out several potential conclusions that could rock the foundation of the issue to either side.
One outcome could result in the Supreme Court completely striking down the 15-week ban on abortions, which would uphold the argument that states are not constitutionally able to impose an “undue burden” on abortion access prior to fetal viability. Experts say that outcome is less likely, given the conservative makeup of the high court.
What every anti-abortion proponent in America ultimately hopes for is that SCOTUS decides to strike down Roe completely, and return full control of the issue back to the states. Such a decision would have enormous implications across the country for obvious reasons.
Lastly, the Supreme Court could issue a more complicated ruling, in that it would set specific guidance for states regarding when they’re allowed to set the cutoff dates for fetal viability. Legal experts admit that it’s difficult to predict what such a decision would ultimately look like.
A final ruling on the matter isn’t expected until next summer, but depending on the decision, it could also have a massive impact on the 2022 midterm elections.
Needless to say, the upcoming hearing will be widely watched across the country, and it will undoubtedly dominate the headlines in the weeks to come.