In a little over a year from now, American women could face more restricted reproductive rights

Today, the U.S. Supreme Court decided to hear a case that could have far-reaching implications for women's reproductive rights.

The case, Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, will be heard this fall by the SCOTUS. It will be the first significant reproductive case heard since Amy Coney Barrett joined the court last year that cemented a 6-3 conservative majority.

The case stems from a Mississpiit law that banned abortions after the 15-week mark. Since Roe v Wade, the procedures have generally allowed up to the 24th week of pregnancy.  

Federal district judges in Mississippi and the Fifth Court of Appeals in New Orleans, which is considered a conservative district, ruled the law was unconstitutional. By taking the case, the SCOTUS has indicated their interest in revisiting Roe v Wade.

The court will hear the case during their next term which starts this fall, and typically, far-reaching decisions like this are issued as their next term ends in June 2022. 

When the decision is likely delivered next June, it will be just as Congressional mid-term elections heat up. Pro-life advocates view this case as an important step in their long-term goal of reversing Roe v Wade. 

Should conservatives prevail, it is bound to have important implications in the mid-term elections. Both sides on this hot-button issue, especially reproductive rights advocates, will make this a focus during the November elections.

Additionally, should conservatives on the SCOTUS rule the way pro-life advocates hope and uphold the Mississippi law, there will be immense pressure on President Joe Biden to expand the number of justices. This decision could have not only have long-term effects on the access to reproductive services for women, but it could also set up a possible expansion of the number of justices on the SCOTUS.

Keep an eye on this case. It will be big news when it is heard next term, and should a decision favorable to pro-life advocates be issued about a year from now, it will be a monumental event with far-reaching consequences. 

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