On Monday the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to take on an abortion case that would consider Mississippi’s appeal of a lower court ruling that resulted in the reversal of the ban on abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy.
In 1973, to the dismay of many conservatives and faith-filled people, the high court, composed of 9 men, ruled that it was a woman’s right to obtain an abortion and reaffirmed that ruling 19 years later.
However, the Supreme Court’s agreement to hear this case may be one of the first dominos to fall in the battle to uphold the sanctity of life. For years, opponents of abortion have sought to see Roe V. Wade overturned. Many hope that by having a more conservative high court, there is the possibility of overturning the decision. This case will be the first regarding abortion since Amy Coney Barret was appointed last year, with the court beginning to hear the arguments in October.
The case was brought forth due to the 2018 Gestational Age Act that passed in Mississippi, which permitted abortion to be obtained after 15 weeks of pregnancy only in the case of a medical emergency or circumstances of abnormal fetal growth.
Shortly after, the Federal District Court struck down the law, and the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the ruling of the lower court.
Despite the opposition, Mississippi is not backing down in its fight to protect the right to life and the health of the mother. The state’s Attorney General Lynn Fitch said, “America cannot be a humane, civilized society if its courts preclude lawmakers from imposing reasonable limits on the taking of innocent life.”