Supreme Court thrusts abortion into midterms fight with Mississippi case

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A ruling upholding the ban could give Republican-led states the green light to impose more restrictions on the procedure and weaken Roe v. Wade, the 1973 landmark Supreme Court decision that established a woman's right to an abortion. But for anti-abortion rights advocates, the action from the Supreme Court this week is the culmination of a years-long effort to shift the high court to the right with hopes a case that takes aim at Roe would end up before a conservative court. Cain, however, believes voters, and women in particular, will hold accountable elected officials who seek to restrict abortion rights. "Where they stand on taking away rights for women and taking away rights we already have will drive women to the polls." Kondik said abortion often comes up in campaigns, and suggested a ruling from the Supreme Court upholding Mississippi's 2018 law would "raise the stakes" on policy-making.


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REASON - Arkansas Governor Hopes Abortion Ban Will Trigger Roe v. Wade Challenge
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Asa Hutchinson said Sunday that he hopes the state's new, near-total ban on abortion will trigger a Supreme Court challenge to Roe v. Wade. Hutchinson told CNN's State of the Union on Sunday that he knows the new Arkansas abortion law "is not constitutional under Supreme Court cases right now." "I think there's a very narrow chance the Supreme Court will accept that case, but we'll see." But with Biden's executive pledge to revise Title IX interpretations once again, can we expect a return to the worst Title IX guidance? Thanks to the work of writers like @larabazelon, @jeanniesgersen, @ScottGreenfield, @kcjohnson9, @LauraKipnis @staylor5448, @EmilyYoffe, & many others, there's awareness of Title IX overreach & abuse.

PEOPLE - Texas Enacts a Near-Total Ban on Abortions, Outlawing Them After 6 Weeks of Pregnancy
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Greg Abbott signed one of the country's most restrictive abortion bans into law on Wednesday, prohibiting women from getting the procedure after six weeks of pregnancy. 8, is considered a near-total ban on abortions in the state, as women often are not aware that they are pregnant by the six-week mark. Often called a "heartbeat ban," the law is based on when the fetal heartbeat can first be detected, the earliest being six weeks into pregnancy. With a conservative majority now on the Supreme Court, its decision on the case could reduce access to abortions in the U.S. The American Civil Liberties Union of Texas said it would challenge the law in court.

REAL CLEAR POLITICS - Dobbs v. Jackson: This is the Big One
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Roe is constitutional law; Roe is common law; Roe was engraved on tablets of stone and handed down by God to Jessica Valenti atop Mount Choice. The case in question, Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, is being litigated over a statute in Mississippi that bans most abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy. Faced with the prospect of actually influencing abortion law, Roberts headed for the hills. The Mississippi case is the big one, and it may also be the last one. This dovetails into another set of stakes in the Mississippi case, which have to do with internecine conservative politics.

REASON - Will Pro-Life Politicians Face a Backlash If the Supreme Court Lets Them Restrict Abortion?
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New York Times columnist Linda Greenhouse suggests that pro-life politicians like Abbott will pay a price should the Supreme Court give them more freedom to restrict abortion. If the Court loosens constitutional limits on abortion laws, legislators in states where public opinion supports new restrictions will enact them without worrying much about voter backlash. Similarly, the Texas law would allow the abortion of a fetus with a detectable heartbeat only in "a medical emergency." More to the point, state politicians do not consult national polls when they calculate the likely electoral consequences of supporting stricter abortion laws. (In some states, abortion rights are also protected by statute or by decisions applying state constitutions.)