After striking down a Louisiana abortion safety regulation earlier this week, the United States Supreme Court may yet see a slew of abortion-related cases.
According to the New York Times, “the [pro-life] movement has a long pipeline of new cases that, if taken up by the Supreme Court, could present a more direct challenge to Roe v. Wade.”
There are at least 16 abortion cases in U.S. appeals courts at this time, which is the last step in the judicial process before the Supreme Court takes up a case.
The Times reports:
While legal challenges to abortion often take years to reach the Supreme Court, states have continued to add to the list, passing dozens of new laws in recent years. This month, Tennessee passed a bill that would outlaw abortions as early as six weeks in pregnancy without exceptions for rape or incest.
On Monday, the court ruled against a Louisiana law that required abortionists to maintain admitting privileges, which are sometimes difficult to acquire, at a hospital within 30 miles in the event of a botched abortion. As we previously reported, Chief Justice John Roberts, a George W. Bush appointee, joined with the court’s liberal justices in casting the deciding vote.
The issue of eliminating or reducing legal abortion through judicial review is made all the more complicated by the fact that America is currently in a presidential election year, which sees the two main candidates, incumbent GOP President Donald Trump and Democratic challenger Joe Biden, largely opposed on the issue.
President Trump has previously stated that he would work to get the federal government out of abortion by packing the Supreme Court with conservative justices in an attempt to overturn Roe v. Wade, as well as eliminating federal funding to Planned Parenthood and returning control of abortion laws to the states. Biden, on the other hand, is unequivocally pro-abortion. America’s third-party candidates, such as Libertarian Jo Jorgensen and Green Party nominee Howie Hawkins, express stances similar to both mainstream candidates.
“It is imperative that we re-elect President Trump and our pro-life majority in the U.S. Senate so we can further restore the judiciary, most especially the Supreme Court,” Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of pro-life organization Susan B. Anthony List, told the Times. “President Trump, assisted by the pro-life Senate majority, is keeping his promise to appoint constitutionalist Supreme Court justices and other federal judges.”
Some conservatives, however, have accused Trump-appointee Justice Neil Gorsuch as a “traitor to textualism” after the conservative justice sided with liberals on a recent ruling in which the court ruled that redefined “sex” as “gender identity” in cases of workplace discrimination.
What can we expect from these impending cases?
Our nation will not be just until we put an end to abortion completely.
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