The Supreme Court announced Monday that they have set a date for oral arguments in a potential landmark abortion case.
Arguments in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health, which centers on a Mississippi law banning most abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy will take place on Dec. 1.
The law in question challenges the court’s previous ruling in Roe v. Wade and subsequent cases by imposing a restriction on abortion earlier than the recognized point of fetal viability – when a baby would be able to survive outside the womb – at approximately 24 weeks into pregnancy.
Court precedent says that women have a right to abortion pre-viability, and the Supreme Court will now take another look at this and hear arguments over whether all bans of pre-viability elective abortions go against the Constitution. The Mississippi law does not provide exceptions for cases of rape or incest, and only allows abortion after 15 weeks in cases of health emergencies or fetal abnormalities.