SCOTUS To Hear Mississippi’s Extreme Abortion Law

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The Supreme Court announced Monday that it will hear a case on a Mississippi law banning abortions.

The case, which will be heard on Dec. 1, will question whether "all pre-viability prohibitions on elective abortion are unconstitutional." It also comes after the court’s conservative majority grew to 6-3.

The Mississippi law makes no exceptions for rape or incest and bans abortion once a heartbeat can be detected, which usually takes place at six weeks -- before many women even know they are pregnant. 

Mississippi’s legal battle reaches the high courts as many states pass laws to ban abortions in defiance of the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision that legalizes abortion nationwide prior to viability, which is between 22 and 24 weeks of pregnancy.

Republican Mississippi Attorney General Lynn Fitch argued in a July brief that Roe v. Wade was "egregiously wrong" and should be overturned, CNN reported.

"The conclusion that abortion is a constitutional right has no basis in text, structure, history, or tradition," Fitch said.

Mississippi’s case follows the Supreme Court's decision against blocking Texas' extreme abortion law that bans abortions after six weeks of pregnancy.

In response, President Joe Biden’s administration on Monday spoke against these states, saying “we will not allow this country to go backwards on women’s equality.”

“In the wake of Texas’ unprecedented attack, it has never been more important to codify this constitutional right and to strengthen health care access for all women, regardless of where they live,” Biden’s Office of Management and Budget said in a statement.

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