Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization was argued on December 1, 2021.
This case has the potential to overturn Roe v. Wade and become a landmark abortion access case. It focuses on a Mississippi law that bans abortion after 15 weeks of pregnancy.
This case involves a Mississippi law, The Gestational Age Act, which bans abortion after 15 weeks. The day Mississippi enacted the 15-week ban, Jackson Women’s Health Organization sought a temporary restraining order against its enforcement and challenged the law. The U.S. District Court declared Mississippi’s ban on abortion after 15 weeks of pregnancy unconstitutional.
Mississippi appealed the decision to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, which affirmed the District Court’s decision that the law was unconstitutional. Mississippi petitioned the Supreme Court to hear the case, and it was granted.
The important question presented in this case is whether all pre-viability prohibitions (bans) on elective abortions are unconstitutional.
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- Audio recording and transcript of the oral argument from the Supreme Court (to be posted after the oral argument)
- Link to the opinion of the Court (to be posted after the decision is announced)
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