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If abortion rights go, so could gay marriage

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May 21, 2019: Pro-choice activists protest on the steps of the Supreme Court after states sought to pass restrictive “heart beat” abortion laws. Photo: Shutterstock The news this past week was largely dominated by one big political story: Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization , a case which was just argued in front of the U.S. Supreme Court. The outcome, which we’ll know by June next year, could determine whether or not the right to an abortion, which was originally secured by the Supreme Court in their ruling on Roe v. Wade back in 1973, could be overturned after almost 50 years of protecting people’s rights and being used as precedent.

The word precedent is one that has been thrown around a lot during the coverage of Dobbs. Precedent, defined by the Oxford Dictionary as “an earlier event or action that is regarded as an example or guide to be considered in subsequent similar circumstances,” has an important role in the judicial system because it ensures that judges make consistent decisions and usually don’t make rulings that are incompatible or confusing with previous ones.

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