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US Supreme Court and a potentially fundamental reversal of abortion rights

Mike McCartney

4th December 2021

How what one of the framers of the constitution called the least dangerous branch of government can, in fact, exercise real political power

Article in the i this week brings us up to speed on a potentially momentous development:

"The writing is on the wall for abortion rights afforded to American women by the landmark Roe v Wade ruling of 1973.

It will not be until next summer that the US Supreme Court issues its judgment on the pivotal Dobbs v Jackson Women’s Health Organisation case over the Mississippi law banning abortion after 15 weeks of pregnancy.

But comments on the case this week by the court’s conservative judges leave little room for doubt; they intend to back Mississippi legislation – and thereby fundamentally undermine American women’s right to a termination up to 23 weeks."

See the full story here: Mississippi abortion law: Conservative judges look set to kill Roe vs Wade, as Democrats plan fightback (inews.co.uk)

Watch a video clip summary from NBC below.

And there is a Roe v Wade explainer from Newsy under that, if you are not familiar with that landmark decision by the world's most powerful court.

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