The political left appears to be freaking out about the anti-abortion push that is being witnessed in many states across the country as the U.S. Supreme Court gets ready to rule on the legality of Mississippi’s 15-week abortion ban.
The Daily Beast’s Max Burns this past week published an article titled, “Republicans Are Winning the Fight Against Abortion. Where the Hell are the Democrats?”
At one point in the article, Burns writes:
Listen, I understand the prevailing Beltway consulting wisdom. These bills will blow over. It’ll be challenged in court, make a stand then. And yes, It’s tempting to think that common sense and cooler heads will—must—prevail on an issue so fundamental as a woman’s freedom to exist.
But, that’s a fantasy in an America where Republicans command majorities in 30 states, and in 23 states the GOP holds entirely unified control of state government. Insulated from political challenges by gerrymandering and voter suppression, state Republicans have taken off their masks to introduce a horror show of anti-abortion legislation.
The anti-abortion push that we have seen from Republicans is undeniable. The piece of legislation that has garnered the most attention is the Texas Heartbeat Act, which uses a novel enforcement mechanism to ban abortions once a fetal heartbeat can be detected.
Since then, a number of Republican-led states have passed anti-abortion legislation using the Texas law as a model.
The question is what prompted this sudden push. The most likely answer is that the U.S. Supreme Court, for the first time in decades, has a decidedly conservative majority with Justices Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito, Neil Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh, and Amy Coney Barrett.
In other words, the Republicans are seizing the opportunity, presented by the conservative makeup of the Supreme Court, to launch a direct attack on Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey, the two landmark cases that established a woman’s so-called right to have an abortion.
Currently, the U.S. Supreme Court is considering the legality of a Mississippi law that bans just about all abortions at the 15-week mark of the pregnancy. The case gives the justices the opportunity to reconsider and perhaps even overturn some aspects of Roe and Casey.
Nobody knows for sure what the justices will decide. Experts have pointed out that some of the justices, including Thomas and Barrett, have made their anti-abortion personal views well-known. But, the case isn’t about their personal view – it’s about the law.
The question will be whether the justices believe that Roe and Casey were improperly decided.
The justices are expected to deliver their decision at some point this summer.