The Supreme Court’s Decision to Revisit Roe v Wade Places Abortion Rights in Jeopardy
We begin with the Supreme Court taking up the Mississippi abortion law struck down by a lower court meaning that four justices on the court chose to revisit Roe v Wade and in doing so in a 6 to 3 conservative court, could mean that soon states will pass their own restrictive laws as Arkansas has just done where even victims of rape and incest are denied access to an abortion. Joining us is Melissa Murray, Professor of Law and Faculty Director of the Birnbaum Women’s Leadership Network at New York University who is a leading expert on family law and reproductive rights and justice. We discuss how the decision in this case will coincide with the midterm election campaigns and just as anti-abortion activists have been relentless in their attacks on abortion rights, those defending a woman’s right to have an abortion might well be motivated to become politically active if either the Supreme Court rules to uphold the Mississippi ban or takes a less confrontational path to make access to abortion so restrictive that Roe won’t be overturned explicitly, but will be weakened to the extent it will be neutralized.
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