Abortion Hits the Supreme Court

Abortion Hits the Supreme Court

Abortion cases are hitting the Supreme Court. Are you for or against abortion?

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Abortion has always been a controversial topic in the United States. It has divided our country into pro-choice and pro-life, not to mention the discontinuity of rulings between states. While the 1973 Roe vs. Wade Supreme Court ruling made abortion legal in the U.S., individual states can still create “trigger laws” that regulate who and when someone can get an abortion. However, USA Today reports that with the retirement of Justice Anthony Kennedy and the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh, pro-life activists are closer than ever to overturning the 2007 abortion legalization.

After the Kavanaugh controversy, Supreme Court justices such as Chief Justice John Roberts are hoping to maintain a low profile. Unfortunately, abortion opponents see Kavanaugh as their chance to restrict abortion laws. Steven Aden, the general counsel at Americans United for Life, states that Kavanaugh’s presence “makes the abortion industry cautious.” Past Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy’s votes occasionally sided with the court’s liberal wing, whereas Kavanaugh is known as a more conservative judge. With his induction into the Supreme Court, he shifted the court ratio to 5 conservatives to 4 liberals. States are jumping on this opportunity to reverse previous court decisions.

According to MSN, Louisiana and Kansas have already asked the Supreme Court to allow them to deny Medicaid funds to Planned Parenthood, which would limit the services allowed for low income clients. Indiana asked the court to reverse the lower court decision that prevented the state from “outlawing abortions sought because of gender, race or disability.” Indiana also asked to require a burial or cremation for all fetuses.

In addition to the states, there are also cases going through federal appeals court attempting to impose requirements on abortion clinics and providers. These appeals are very similar to the 2016 Texas case which ruled that “the majority of states cannot impose restrictions that pose an undue burden on women seeking abortions without sufficient health benefits” (USA Today). Kennedy held the tie-breaking vote, but a reversal may be imminent with Kavanaugh in the picture.

Despite all these pushes for more restrictive abortion laws, William & Mary Law School professor Neal Devins believes Chief Justice Roberts will avoid these abortion cases, stating “I think he wants to do everything in his power to have the court look like a court of law and not a political court.”

Despite the court’s reluctance to face these issues, sooner or later, the justices will have to vote on abortion rights. For now, any changes in abortion rulings will most likely be narrow. But with more conservative than liberal judges, will they stay narrow? Brianne Gorog, the chief counsel at the Liberal Constitutional Accountability Center, foresees that “The court is going to incrementally chip and chip and chip away at it.”

Is Kavanaugh’s presence in the Supreme Court a positive or negative step for this country? Do you agree with his views on abortion? Read the full story from MSN here.

Here’s how people on the Zip app are weighing in on this all over the country!

Abortion cases are hitting the Supreme Court. Are you for or against abortion?

27% For - right to choose
73% Against - It's murder
19% For - right to choose
81% Against - It's murder
39% For - right to choose
61% Against - It's murder

For – right to choose

Against – It’s murder

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