Sumary of Mississippi AG Asks Supreme Court To Overturn Roe v. Wade:
- Wade, calling the right to abortion “egregiously wrong,” while also asking the court to uphold a state law that bans most abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy.
- “Mississippi’s 15-week abortion statute was struck down by lower courts, which called it a cynical and calculated assault on abortion rights which are at odds with precedent set by the Supreme Court.
- In May, the USSC agreed to hear the case, several months after anti-abortion Justice Amy Coney Barrett joined the panel – replacing abortion rights advocate Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died in September.
- “The Constitution does not protect a right to abortion,” wrote Mississippi Attorney General Lynn Fitch, adding “The Constitution’s text says nothing about abortion.
- Nothing in the Constitution’s structure implies a right to abortion or prohibits states from restricting it.
- Casey, the 1992 decision that said states may not impose an “undue burden” on the right to abortion before fetal viability — the point at which fetuses can sustain life outside the womb, or about 23 or 24 weeks.
- -New York TimesAccording to Fitch, the scope of abortion rights should be determined through a political process.