The justices of the high court read current events….
They KNOW the media IS con their case on their upcoming ruling on the Mississippi Abortion case and others they are considering….
How do the judges dance to the music?
Weighing the law against the politics?
Dallas Morning News: “When Texas enacted the nation’s strictest abortion ban in September it touched off an exodus. Texans are flooding to clinics across the country for abortions, traveling to states as far away as Washington and Maine. Planned Parenthood clinics in Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri and Arkansas saw 40 Texans last fall.”
65M women could lose abortion rights in Supreme Court case
More than 65 million American women would immediately lose access to an abortion in their home states if the U.S. Supreme Court strikes down the landmark case that established the right to seek the procedure nearly half a century ago.
Existing laws on the books in 20 states ban abortions or impose substantial restrictions on women or on abortion providers. Those laws are on hold, either blocked by courts or superseded by the high court’s 1973 decision in Roe v. Wade that protected a woman’s right to an abortion without excessive restrictions.
But the high court is now considering arguments in another case, Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, that gives the conservative majority their most significant chance in decades to gut the Roe precedent. In oral arguments Wednesday, the six conservatives seemed open to allowing a Mississippi law that bars abortions after 15 weeks to stand, undermining the core principles of the Roe verdict….
Future of abortion rights depends on a Supreme Court for which compromise seems elusive
Some observers believe it is taking a toll on the nine justices.
Wednesday’s argument “created the remarkable impression of a court at risk of disintegration,” said Richard Lazarus, a Harvard Law School professor who studies the court. “The now outsize conservative majority knew they could safely cast a deaf ear to the concerns of other justices, including even the chief justice. And the resulting frustration of the three more liberal justices was palpable.”
The tenor could change. In the months it can take to render a decision, compromise often enters the picture as the justices search for five votes. Other factors will come into play, including public reaction and consideration of whether a bold change in the court’s jurisprudence will reinforce a growing perception among Americans that the court’s decisions are political.
“Of course, they know when they do this, if they do this, it is going to be a huge, transformative moment in American politics,” said Daniel Epps, a law professor at Washington University in St. Louis. “However much the court has been in the crosshairs in recent years, this is going to turn up the volume to a whole other level. They know that. Some of them don’t care.”….