Supreme Court expected to release several high-profile decisions

Although Washington’s political atmosphere often calms down over the summer months, a string of landmark Supreme Court cases is likely to keep that from happening.

Washington Examiner contributor Kaelan Deese covers the Supreme Court, and he noted in a piece on June 12 that the upcoming decisions could amount to a political earthquake.  

Abortion case controversy

Perhaps the most widely anticipated is the Court’s decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, a case focusing on the right to abortion.

In May, Politico published a leaked draft opinion written by Justice Samuel Alito which suggested that the Court is ready to overturn Roe v. Wade.

Should that happen, then abortion will again be a matter for the states, a prospect that has many abortion advocates alarmed. They took to the streets in Washington on Monday to voice their displeasure.

Other cases

Another high-profile case is New York State Rifle & Pistol Association Inc. v. Bruen, in which the high court is being asked to decide whether New York’s highly restrictive law on the carrying of firearms is constitutional.

“The court’s Republican-appointed majority appeared skeptical of the law’s requirement that residents demonstrate a “proper cause” for obtaining a license to carry a concealed pistol or revolver,” Deese noted.

The Examiner reported last month that New York’s Democratic Gov. Kathy Hochul promised to hold a special legislative session if her state’s carry laws are thrown out.

Two other cases deal with religious freedom. Carson v. Makin challenges a Maine scholarship program that pays for attendance at private schools, provided that they do not offer any kind of religious instruction.

Meanwhile, the justices will decide in Kennedy v. Bremerton School District if a Washington state high school violated a football coach’s First Amendment rights when it placed him on leave for praying during a game.

Finally, the Court will also decide in West Virginia v. EPA if the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) regulatory authority over greenhouse gases extends beyond power plants to broader aspects of the energy sector.

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