The U.S. Supreme Court announced earlier this year that it would hear arguments concerning a Mississippi law banning abortions more than 15 weeks into a pregnancy.
While many conservatives hope the case will lead to the precedent-setting Roe v. Wade decision being overturned, that very prospect appears to have many progressives panicked.
“The overwhelming majority of the public”
According to The Hill, hundreds of Democratic state lawmakers — along with two independents — have added their names to an amicus brief filed with the court by the left-leaning State Innovation Exchange.
Jennifer Driver, who serves as senior director for the organization’s reproductive rights division, released a statement touting the role that state-level politicians have in opposing anti-abortion measures.
“State legislators are the first line of defense against policies that deliberately roll back progress on abortion rights and reproductive health across the country, and the overwhelming majority of the public agrees we must protect Roe v. Wade,” Driver said.
Reports further indicate that the Supreme Court has set Dec. 1 as the date for oral arguments to commence in the case. A decision, however, likely will not come until well into 2022.
Mississippi’s law is in apparent conflict with the Supreme Court’s decision in another landmark case, Planned Parenthood v. Casey. In that decision, the nation’s highest court determined that states may not place an “undue burden” on a woman’s right to obtain an abortion prior to viability.
“It’s beyond amazing”
The unborn are typically considered viable at about 24 weeks, though some babies have been successfully delivered earlier than that.
A 2015 segment of the Today show highlighted one such baby, Trevor Frolek, who survived and thrived after being born at just 23 weeks.
“It’s just a complete miracle,” said the baby’s mother, Becky. “The doctors and nurses have worked so hard to get him to this point. It’s beyond amazing.”
For her part, GOP Mississippi Attorney General Lynn Fitch is calling on the Supreme Court to reverse the Roe decision altogether, arguing that the Constitution does not provide the right to abortion.
The Supreme Court’s conservative majority has come under fire from pro-abortion activists more recently by refusing to issue an injunction against a Texas law banning abortions after the detection of a heartbeat, which generally occurs at around six weeks.