The United States Supreme Court on Monday agreed to hear an abortion rights case that challenges Roe v. Wade.
The Supreme Court Justices will determine whether all pre-viability prohibitions on elective abortions are unconstitutional.
The top court announced in an order that it will hear the dispute, Dobbs vs. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, 19-1392.
The case, which challenges Mississippi’s ban on all abortions after 15 weeks, will be argued next fall and decided by June 2022, according to ABC News.
The ban against the state’s abortion law will remain intact until the Supreme Court reviews the case.
Since 2019, 12 other states have tried to ban abortions at various points in pregnancy, according to the Center for Reproductive Rights. Each ban that has been challenged has been knocked down.
Diane Derzis, the owner of Jackson Women’s Health Organization, believes that the case is a “strategy to eliminate abortion access entirely.”
“If this ban were to take effect, we would be forced to turn many of those patients away, and they would lose their right to abortion in this state. Mississippi politicians have created countless barriers for people trying to access abortion, intentionally pushing them later into pregnancy,” Derzis said.
“Alarm bells are ringing loudly about the threat to reproductive rights,” Nancy Northup, the president and CEO of the Center for Reproductive Rights, said. “The Supreme Court just agreed to review an abortion ban that unquestionably violates nearly 50 years of Supreme Court precedent and is a test case to overturn Roe v. Wade.”
“The consequences of a Roe reversal would be devastating. Over 20 states would prohibit abortion outright. Eleven states —including Mississippi — currently have trigger bans on the books which would instantaneously ban abortion if Roe is overturned,” Northup said.
The case will be the first major abortion dispute to test all three of former President Donald Trump’s appointees to the top court, including its newest member, Justice Amy Coney Barrett.