President Donald Trump raised conservatives’ hopes for the future of the United States with a historic three appointments to the nation’s highest court. Now, it seems those on the right are about to find out whether those hopes were justified.
On Sunday, Fox News reported that the Supreme Court was scheduled to hear a number of highly controversial cases in its upcoming term that could change the course of American history.
Overturning Roe v. Wade?
Among the most contentious cases on the high court’s docket during the current term, which began Monday, is Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, in which the justices will hear a challenge to Mississippi’s ban on abortions after 15 weeks of gestation.
In Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Pennsylvania v. Casey, the Supreme Court ruled that states may not impose an “undue burden” on women seeking to abort prior to viability.
Unborn babies are generally considered to be viable at 24 weeks, although some have survived earlier. In 2015, Trevor Frolek was able to go home after being successfully delivered at 23 weeks, according to a report from NBC’s Today.
While pro-life advocates would like to see the law upheld, many wish the Supreme Court to go further and use it to overturn Roe v. Wade. Among them is Mississippi Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith, who wrote an op-ed for Fox News in which she called such a reversal “long overdue.”
“As a senator, as a woman, and as a mother, I believe the Dobbs case provides an important chance for the Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade and return the abortion issue to the political process and away from unelected activist judges,” Hyde-Smith wrote.
A full schedule for SCOTUS
Arguments regarding the Second Amendment will also be heard by the SCOTUS, with the plaintiffs in New York State Rifle & Pistol Association v. Bruen saying that 2A protects a right to carry weapons as well as own them.
According to Fox News, such a finding would have ramifications well beyond New York, as states including California, Delaware, Hawaii, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and Rhode Island all severely limit the ability of people to protect themselves via firearms.
Questions on the separation of church and state and still are set to come in Carson v. Makin, which focuses on whether religious schools can be excluded from a state tuition program.
Other matters to be considered, according to Fox, are President Joe Biden’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate and a case involving the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.
As these cases and more come before the nation’s highest court in the coming weeks and months, one can only hope all the justices on the bench are dedicated to upholding the Constitution — not just the ones put up by former President Trump.