Posted on May 17, 2021 Issues: Abortion Health Care & Reproductive Rights

(Washington, D.C.) Today, the United States Supreme Court decided it will hear a case, Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, an egregiously unconstitutional Mississippi law that bans abortion at 15 weeks into pregnancy. This law is part of coordinated, national strategy to eliminate abortion access and bring a case to the Supreme Court to gut or overrule our right to abortion.  

The Supreme Court has recognized the constitutional right to have an abortion for decades. Lower courts rightly struck down this law because it is blatantly unconstitutional. But now, the Court, remade under the Trump administration, will consider this law, threatening to violate 50 years of precedent. 

Efforts to ban abortion access leave people without critical care, especially Black and brown people, LGBTQ people, and low-income people who already face nearly insurmountable barriers to accessing the abortion care they need.  

The following is a statement from Fatima Goss Graves, president and CEO of the National Women’s Law Center (NWLC): 

If the Constitution is respected and the courts work with integrity, this ban will be struck down. The outcome shouldn’t be in doubt. But the fact that we are terrified of the potential outcome shows how unstable the state of our courts and the right to abortion areWe will fight until everyone has access to the abortion care they need, deserve, and are legally entitled to. 

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