Supreme Court to take up Mississippi’s bid to enforce 15-week abortion ban

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WASHINGTON – The Supreme Court has agreed to consider a major rollback of abortion rights, saying it will take up Mississippi’s bid to enforce a 15-week ban on abortion.

The court’s order Monday sets up a showdown over abortion, probably in the fall, with a more conservative court apparently ready to dramatically alter nearly 50 years of rulings on abortion rights.

Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves released a statement saying the sanctity of life and the future of our children is on the line.

“Thanks to millions of voters in 2016, President Donald Trump appointed three new Supreme Court Justices. But make no mistake – this case is being heard not because the Court has changed, but because the science has changed,” Reeves wrote.

“Roe v. Wade was decided in 1973. The Casey case was decided in 1992. We know so much more about the development of unborn children today than we knew in 1993 – much less 1972. Honestly, the abortion debate has divided our country for over 50 years and many of us believe the decision to review is long past due.”

The court first announced a woman’s constitutional right to an abortion in the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision.

The state’s ban had been blocked by lower courts as inconsistent with Supreme Court precedent that protects a woman’s right to obtain an abortion before the fetus can survive outside her womb.

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