A highlight from A Direct Challenge to Roe v. Wade


This podcast is sponsored by net suite by oracle. Hello everyone. I'm ariane vogue cnn supreme court reporter in for david chalian and this is the cnn. Political briefing this week. The supreme court agreed to take a key abortion case next term with so much on the line. The supreme court has agreed to take up a major abortion case this fall mississippi law banning most abortions after fifteen weeks potentially setting up a major challenge to roe v wade in the majority conservative court. This is what conservatives have been waiting for and trump and mcconnell certainly delivered critics. Say this case is a direct challenge to roe v wade. It's also the biggest abortion case. The court has heard since nineteen ninety two. It can tell us so much about the priorities of this conservative court. So this week we're going to take you through the basics of the mississippi case how we got to this point and what this means for both sides of the issue. Let's i give you a little background on the case in question. The state has a fifteen week abortion ban which then governor phil bryant a republican signed into law in two thousand eighteen mississippi governor phil bryant has signed some of the nation's toughest restrictions on abortions in the law. House bill fifteen. Ten was signed into law on monday and it goes into effect immediately. There are exceptions but only for medical emergencies or cases in which there is a severe fetal abnormality not for instances of rape or incest. The law was struck down in november twenty eighteen by a federal judge in mississippi and the us court of appeals for the fifth circuit upheld that ruling in december twenty one thousand nine hundred mississippi then asked the supreme court to take up the case and the justices put that decision off for months this week. They finally agreed to hear it for next term in doing so they could gut or limit the nine thousand nine hundred seventy three landmark supreme court decision roe v wade which protects a woman's right to abortion prior to viability as it currently stands viability can occur at around twenty four weeks of pregnancy. Mississippi is only the latest in a litany of states pushing for more restrictive abortion laws south carolina. Oklahoma and idaho have qualified bands this year on abortion at the onset of a fetal heartbeat. Also this year arkansas. And oklahoma have enacted near-total abortion bans and montana ban the procedure at twenty weeks. None of the bills have gone into effect. They all represent conservative efforts to strip down roe. V wade arkansas governor. Asa hutchinson said as much when he signed a near total abortion ban back in march. I signed it because it is a direct challenge to roe versus wade. That was the intent of it. I think there's a very narrow chance that the supreme court will accept that case. But we'll see but now one of the cases has reached the court. Mississippi's law will be blockbuster. Case with the justices revisiting an issue that still deeply divided the country some fifty years after the landmark opinion another twist the ruling could potentially come in the run up to the twenty twenty. Two midterm elections and the mississippi case will be the third time the justices have acted on an abortion related case this term they also agreed to hear a kentucky case and reinstated long standing fda restrictions for patients seeking to obtain a drug used for abortions early in pregnancy. It shows how this conservative majority is

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