This could be the biggest legal case in American history.
For context: Mississippi passed a law prohibiting abortion after 15 weeks except in the case of a medical emergency or fetal abnormality. While it may sound ambitious, this is really just the same limit that exists in France, Germany, Italy, Spain and many other countries. The Supreme Court announced in May they would take up the case which will test whether abortion bans before the baby is considered “viable” outside the womb are constitutional.
Yesterday in their official brief submitted to the court, Mississippi didn’t hold back. Their brief argued that the Court should use the case to toss Roe v. Wade and its equally-bad successor case Planned Parenthood v. Casey on the ash heap of history.
Here’s an explosive excerpt:
“The conclusion that abortion is a constitutional right has no basis in text, structure, history, or tradition. … Roe and Casey are egregiously wrong. They have proven hopelessly unworkable. They have inflicted profound damage. Decades of progress have overtaken them. Reliance interests do not support retaining them. And nothing but a full break from those cases can stem the harms they have caused.”