On December 1st, 2021, thousands gathered outside of the Supreme Court of the United States as the Justices prepared to hear arguments in what became known as “the most serious legal challenge to Roe vs. Wade in 30 years.” Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, unique for many reasons, “is the first case that the high court has taken in which a state is directly asking the Court to overturn the constitutional right to abortion.” Dobbs “is seen by both sides as potentially pivotal in establishing how aggressively the court’s new six-justice conservative majority will move to place new constraints on abortion rights.” The issue, “a Mississippi law banning all abortions over 15 weeks gestational age except in medical emergencies and in the case of severe fetal abnormality.” The question for the Court, “whether all pre-viability prohibitions on elective abortions are unconstitutional or not?”
This post was originally published on the Cardozo Journal of Equal Rights and Social Justice website on February 14, 2022. The original post can be accessed via the Archived Link button above
Bloch, Paloma, "The Latest on Abortion: How the Supreme Court Has Jeopardized a Woman’s Right to Choose" (2022). ERSJ Blog. 20.