The Supreme court has signaled their intention to uphold the Mississippi abortion limits as they hear oral arguments.
• Mississippi laws ban most abortions after 15 weeks
• The law allows abortions in emergency circumstances or exceptional cases of severe fetal abnormality
• On Wednesday, the supreme court heard 90 minutes of oral arguments in the case that is said to be the most direct challenge to Roe v. wade in decades
• Conservative Justices on the court stated they were prepared to discard the court’s previous standard of ruling that prevented states from banning abortion before the fetus became viable, which is at around 24 weeks or six months of pregnancy.
• Up to this point, it is unclear if the justices will take any extra steps to overturn Roe v. Wade, but that could change
• The Loberla justices warned that if the Supreme court was to rule in favor of overturning the decades-long decision on abortion that the decision would look politically motivated.
• The Supreme Court has a 6-3 conservative majority who also has to rule on the Texas law known as S.B. 8, which bans abortion after the sixth week of pregnancy.
• The justices must decide whether two lawsuits challenging the unique structure of the law, which delegates enforcement to private cases, can proceed.
• The issue of whether the Constitution provides a right to seek an abortion is front and center in the Mississippi case.