On Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2021, the Supreme Court heard oral argumentsin what is shaping up to be the biggest abortion case in a generation. In Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health, the justices are considering whether Mississippi's Gestational Age Act, which bans abortion after 15 weeks, is consistent with the constitutionally protected right of a woman to seek an abortion, which the court established in Roe v. Wade in 1973 and reaffirmed in Planned Parenthood v. Casey in 1992.
During the nearly two hours of oral argument, the justices debated whether those earlier courts were correct in previously declaring that abortion could not be limited before “viability” — the 23-week mark at which a fetus can survive outside the uterus. They also sparred over the questionable science about when a fetus could feel pain that Mississippi used to justify the ban. Read full Washington Post article here.