“If the Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade it will be an unjustified, unprecedented stripping away of a guaranteed right that has been in place for nearly five decades. It would represent the most damaging setback to the rights of women in the history of our country.”
The Center for Reproductive Rights is awaiting the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in this case, which is expected by the end of the Court’s term in June 2022. The Center argued before the Court on December 1, 2021, to defend the right to abortion, a right recognized in the landmark Roe v. Wade decision in 1973. In the case, Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, the Supreme Court heard Mississippi’s appeal of a lower court ruling that struck down as unconstitutional the state’s law banning abortion after 15 weeks of pregnancy.
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. The state of Mississippi has asked the Court not only to uphold its abortion ban, but to overrule Roe and find there is no constitutional right to abortion.
Read more about the case below.
Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization
The Women’s Health Protection Act
Federal legislation to protect abortion access from harmful bans and restrictions.