SCOTUS Texas abortion law hearing could be a tipping point – WCCO


MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – On Monday, the United States Supreme Court will hear oral arguments on Texas’ abortion law, considered the most restrictive in the country. The hearing will be closely watched here in Minnesota and across the country.

With President Donald Trump’s three Supreme Court appointments, the Conservatives have a solid majority. Opponents of abortion rights believe this is their best chance in decades to overthrow Roe against Wade.

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The Supreme Court hearing will focus on Texas’ abortion law that virtually bans abortions after six weeks of pregnancy, and awards $ 10,000 to any citizen who sues someone who made an abortion possible. Even someone who drives a woman to an abortion clinic could be prosecuted.

And there’s more. On December 1, the Supreme Court will hear a challenge to another restrictive abortion law, that of Mississippi.

The Texas and Mississippi cases will be watched closely in Minnesota. Planned Parenthood of the North Central States is based in the Twin Cities and has 29 health centers in five states. Planned Parenthood says 97% of their services do not involve abortion.

Lauren Gilchrist of the local Planned Parenthood was a guest on WCCO Sunday Morning, as was constitutional law professor David Schultz.

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“People should be very, very worried. We have truly entered a new chapter for reproductive rights in this country and the fundamental right to abortion is at stake, ”said Gilchrist.

“This is probably the closest abortion rights challenge we’ve seen in the United States since the adoption of Roe vs. Wade,” Schultz said.

Minnesotans Citizens Concerned for Life released a statement saying, “Texas saves unborn lives and supports women at the same time, and the Supreme Court should allow them to do so.”

Adding to the uncertainty is the fact that the Supreme Court is often unpredictable. This was certainly the case in the Roe v Wade case in 1973, when a majority of Republican nominees surprised everyone by asserting a woman’s right to an abortion.

You can watch WCCO Sunday Morning with Esme Murphy and Mike Augustyniak every Sunday at 6 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.

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