The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments Wednesday over whether or not Mississippi's ban on abortions after 15 weeks gestation is constitutional. While the high court has considered other abortion cases involving state regulations on abortion, Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization is unique in that the decision on Mississippi's law could lead to a groundbreaking shift in the abortion battle.
CBN News brought you the Livestreamed audio straight from the Supreme Court chamber. Scott Stewart, the solicitor general of Mississippi, made the case for the pro-life side. Julie Rikelman from the Center for Reproductive Rights represented Jackson Women’s Health Organization in the case. U.S. Solicitor General Elizabeth Prelogar also advocated for abortion on behalf of the Biden administration,
Click below to listen to the arguments at the high court which took place from 10 AM to Noon Eastern:
Many pro-life advocates believe this abortion case is the most important in decades, saying it could even lead to a reversal of the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade decision that invented a right to abortion in the U.S. The state of Mississippi is directly challenging the precedent in Roe and the 1992 Casey v. Planned Parenthood ruling that holds that states cannot ban pre-viability abortions – those done before a child can survive outside the womb.
WATCH: CBN News Livestreamed preview coverage of the Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization case.
The coverage was hosted by CBN's Dan Andros with Billy Hallowell and Tre Goins-Philips, with analysis by Heather Sells, Tara Mergener, Paul Strand, Abby Johnson, Alveda King, and other special guests with Supreme Court expertise. Be sure to download the CBN News App for alerts and updates.
Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds described the Dobbs vs. Jackson Women's Health case as the Supreme Court's opportunity to overturn a "tragic mistake."
"The question in the case is simple, yet it lies at the heart of the American experiment. Does the U.S. Constitution require states to withhold legal protection from an entire class of defenseless human beings? According to any straightforward reading of the Constitution, the answer to that question has always been a resounding no."
The court is expected to issue its decision next June and even if it does not overturn Roe, it could still uphold the Mississippi law and signal to states that the door is open for reasonable restrictions.
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