As the battle over Texas’ law that effectively bans abortions six weeks into pregnancy plays out in the courts, advocates on both sides are closely watching a highly anticipated Mississippi case heading to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Abortions clinics have reopened in Texas after a judge temporarily blocked a law giving people the right
to sue doctors who perform an abortion past the six-week point in a pregnancy.
While not totally unexpected in Texas, Mississippi has it’s own abortion case to be heard by the court later on in this session, but since the Texas case is first, many are watching that closely to see if maybe it can be the case to end Ro v Wade, or at least learn from the mistakes of Texas so that the Mississippi case can be successful.
Mississippi passed a law in 2018 attempting to prohibit all abortions after 15 weeks, challenging Roe v. Wade’s landmark 1973 decision that legalized the procedure nationwide before fetal viability, which is around 24 weeks of gestation. The state law never went into effect because a federal appellate court blocked its enforcement.
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