Pro-life supporters around the nation renewed their hope Monday after the Supreme Court announced it would hear a case that involves reconsidering the landmark Roe v. Wade decision.
The case in question, Dobbs vs. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, involves challenge to a Mississippi law that prohibits abortions after 15 weeks. The previous standard has been 22 weeks.
“It is well past time for the Court to revisit the wisdom of the viability bright-line rule,” Mississippi Attorney General Lynn Fitch wrote in a brief to the court.
The Supreme Court will hear this challenge but also has the power to revisit and rewrite old precedent around abortion, giving new hope to pro-life advocates.
This case will be a major test for the three conservative Justices that former President Donald Trump appointed to the Supreme Court during his presidential term. The Supreme Court ruled in 1973 in the Roe v. Wade decision that the Constitution protected a woman’s right to an abortion and has since become one of the biggest points of political debate and division in the country.
“This is the most important abortion related case in years. We are long overdue for the SCOTUS to revisit Roe v. Wade & PP v. Casey—cases that have led to the death of over 60 million innocent children & led many women & men to lifelong regret,” said Lila Rose, founder of the pro-life group Live Action.
Pro-abortion advocates lamented a possibly restriction of abortions after the announcement.
“Whether the Court rules in favor of MS or not, they’re normalizing narrowing the aperture, placing more people who need abortion further from service,” said Ilyse Hogue, president of the pro-abortion group NARAL. “They have always understood, sometimes better than people who support Roe, that a right without access is not a right at all.”
The groups say red states held back by federal law would quickly move to ban abortion if given the chance.
“The consequences of a Roe reversal would be devastating,” the Center for Reproductive Rights said in a statement. “Over 20 states would prohibit abortion outright.”
For those on the right, this is cause for celebration.
“This is a huge step forward in the work that has been done over decades to protect the life of every child starting in the womb,” said Sen. James Lankfor, R-Okla. “I hope you’ll join me in praying for the outcome that respects every human life.”