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Supreme Court justices favor abortion restrictions

Mississippi Attorney General Lynn Fitch, center right, with Mississippi Attorney General Scott Stewart, center left, waved to supporters as they walked out of the U.S. Supreme Court, Wednesday, 1, 2021, in Washington, after the court heard arguments in a case from Mississippi, where 2018 law would ban abortion after 15 weeks of pregnancy, before it becomes feasible. (AP Photo / Andrew Harnik)

Mississippi Attorney General Lynn Fitch, center right, with Mississippi Attorney General Scott Stewart, center left, waved to supporters as they walked out of the U.S. Supreme Court, Wednesday, 1, 2021, in Washington, after the court heard arguments in a case from Mississippi, where 2018 law would ban abortion after 15 weeks of pregnancy, before it becomes feasible. (AP Photo / Andrew Harnik)

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UPDATE 10:43 AM PT – Thursday, December 2, 2021

The Supreme Court has heard the biggest case in a generation. On Wednesday, the high court heard oral arguments surrounding a 2018 Mississippi law that restricted most abortions after 15 weeks.

The big question in this case is whether the right to abortion is enshrined in the Constitution. Going forward, Justice Clarence Thomas questioned officials such as United States Attorney General Elizabeth Prelogar, who argued that abortion was a right.

“If we’re talking about the Second Amendment, I know exactly what we’re talking about,” says Thomas. “If we’re talking about the Fourth Amendment, I know what we’re talking about because it was written. It’s there. Specifically, what is the right here that we are talking about?

Prelogar responded, saying, “I think the court in other contexts, with respect to other amendments, has had to articulate the meaning of the text and its limitations on constitutional guarantees.”

According to the United States Attorney General, the right to abortion is covered by the 14th Amendment. Meanwhile, she answered a final question from Justice Thomas, who asked if the specific right is abortion. She replied, stating that “women’s right, before viability, to control whether to continue with pregnancy.”

Moving on to the conclusion, the Attorney General of Mississippi concludes with a dire warning of what could happen if Mississippi abortion laws are not followed.

“We are making 50 years of Roe, which is a seriously wrong decision that has caused enormous damage to our country and will continue to claim the lives of countless people unless and until when this court deals with it,” Stewart stated. “…Follow the laws of the state.”

The Supreme Court’s conservative majority, which includes three Trump-appointed justices, signaled that it would uphold abortion restrictions in Mississippi and could go further to overturn the decision. Roe v. Wade.

The judges are expected to vote in the coming days, but the decision likely won’t be issued until June.

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