Court watches are NOT surprised with the responses from the Right leaders on the nation’s high court …..
The six seem to be fine with the Mississippi rule that abortions could NOT be done after 15 weeks….
The norm now is about 23 weeks….
The ‘packing’ of the court with a majority of conservative judges has been the goal of anti-abortion groups for decades…
They want the historic Roe vs Wade decision that put a federal law ruling controlling abortion thrown out in favor of letting states set their own standards…
If the court watchers are correct?
Sometime in June they will get their wish…
More than 10 states have laws in place to copy the Mississippi laws restrictions …
America will be going back almost 50 years to the times when women will have to leave their home states and travel to get a procedure ….
The High court has other cases coming at them to try to further water down the Roe v Wade historic ‘women rights’ decision….
A few weeks ago several of the courts judges went out of their way to sell their court’s independence in response to supporting the Texas abortion restrictions decision…
The Supreme Court seemed poised on Wednesday to uphold a Mississippi law that bans abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy, in what would be a momentous and polarizing decision to roll back the abortion rights the court has defined over the last half century.
During sometimes tense and heated questioning in almost two hours of oral arguments, the court’s six conservative justices signaled they are comfortable with the Mississippi law, even though upholding it would be flatly at odds with Roe v. Wade, the 1973 decision that established a constitutional right to abortion and prohibited states from banning the procedure before fetal viability, currently around 23 weeks.
Moving that line to 15 weeks would discard decades of precedent. Several of the conservative justices appeared ready to go further and overrule Roe entirely, letting states decide whether and when to ban abortions — an outcome that would transform regulation of abortion in 20 or more states that have been seeking to impose more restrictions and that would further inflame the long-running political and cultural divisions over the issue….
Until the last few years, the prospect of overruling Roe would have seemed far-fetched. But President Donald J. Trump came into office having vowed to name justices who would overrule Roe. His three appointees have reshaped the court, which now has a six-justice conservative supermajority.
The court’s three liberal members said that overruling Roe soon after a change in the court’s membership would damage the court’s legitimacy. Indeed, Justice Sonia Sotomayor said, doing so would pose an existential threat to the court.
“Will this institution survive the stench that this creates in the public perception that the Constitution and its reading are just political acts?” she asked….
Republican Sen Susan Collins….
Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) favors passing legislation to enshrine the protections of Roe v. Wade into law, her office told NBC News.
Said a spokeswoman: “Senator Collins supports the right to an abortion and believes that the protections in the Roe and Casey decisions should be passed into law. She has had some conversations with her colleagues about this and is open to further discussions.”
image…Credit…Gabriela Bhaskar/The New York Times