Abortion groups are bracing for major upcoming Supreme Court battles

WASHINGTON – When Donald Trump was running for president in 2016 he promised to put the Supreme Court on a path to “automatically” overturn the decades-old precedent in Roe v. Wade establishing a woman’s constitutional right to abortion.

Five years and three Supreme Court nominees later, conservatives see a wave of pending abortion appeals as the best chance in a generation to test that commitment. By announcing Monday it will hear a challenge to Mississippi’s ban on most abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy, the high court signaled it is ready to take another look.     

With six conservatives on the nine-member court for the first time in decades and confusion over a 2019 Supreme Court decision scrambling lower courts, anti-abortion lawmakers and advocates are leaning in to test the limits of the 1973 Roe decision and a landmark 1992 case that currently controls when states may regulate the procedure.

The court’s decision to consider the Mississippi ban, with a decision expected some time next year, may be the first of many such appeals on the way. 

At least 23 abortion-related cases are pending in federal appeals courts, according to the anti-abortion advocacy group Susan B. Anthony List. Conservative states, meanwhile, are rapidly passing new laws. State lawmakers have enacted 61 abortion restrictions so far this year, compared with 42 at the same point 2011, the previous year with the highest number of such laws, according to the Guttmacher Institute, a research group that supports abortion rights. 

Barrett sidesteps questions on abortion ruling

Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett is declining to say whether she thinks Roe v. Wade should be struck down. Barrett sidestepped questions about the landmark case from the Senate Judiciary Committee’s top Democrat, Sen. Dianne Feinstein. (Oct. 13)

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