With rights at risk, Minnesota must move beyond Roe v. Wade
Abortion rights advocates supporting legal access to abortion protest during a demonstration outside the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, D.C., March 4, 2020. On Dec. 1, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, a case about an unconstitutional Mississippi law that bans abortion pre-viability, at only 15 weeks. Legal analysts and abortion advocates predict that the majority-conservative court will use Dobbs v. Jackson as an opportunity to overturn Roe v. Wade, the 1973 Supreme Court decision that held that no state can ban abortion before viability.
Already, signs from the court are cause for concern. One month ago, the Supreme Court heard arguments on the merits of Texas SB 8 — an even more restrictive Texas law that bans abortion at six weeks and deputizes private individuals to enforce the law in exchange for $10,000 bounties. Twice, the court has refused to block the blatantly unconstitutional Texas law, allowing abortion to remain functionally illegal in the state for almost three months, and counting.
Despite 50 years of legal precedent, the Supreme Court is not behaving as if it believes abortion is a constitutional right. The consequences of the court’s inaction are devastating for pregnant […]