The Center for Reproductive Rights will return to the U.S. Supreme Court this fall to defend the right to abortion, a right recognized in Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 decision. In the case, Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, the Supreme Court will hear Mississippi’s appeal of the decision by the U.S Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit that threw out Mississippi’s law banning abortion after 15 weeks of pregnancy.
“Alarm bells are ringing loudly about the threat to reproductive rights. 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.”
Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization marks the first time the Court will rule on the constitutionality of a pre-viability abortion ban since Roe. The Court’s ruling in Roe recognized that the decision whether to continue a pregnancy or have an abortion, which impacts a person’s body, health, family and future, belongs to the individual, not the government.
Oral arguments: Fall 2021 (Date TBA)
Find out more about Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization:
- Press Statement: Mississippi Asks Supreme Court to Overturn Roe, 07.22.21
- Roe at Risk: U.S. Supreme Court to Review Mississippi’s Abortion Ban, a Direct Challenge to Roe v. Wade, 05.17.21
- Supreme Court to Hear Abortion Ban Case Challenging Roe v. Wade, 05.17.21
- Appeals Court Strikes Down Mississippi 15-Week Abortion Ban, 12.14.19
The Women’s Health Protection Act
Federal legislation to protect abortion access from harmful bans and restrictions.