(ConservativeInsider.org) – Millions of eyes were on the Supreme Court (SCOTUS) this week as justices heard arguments in the most significant abortion rights case in nearly 50 years. Comments and questions during the proceedings showed the high court is seriously considering letting the Mississippi law that bans abortions after 15 weeks stand. However, comments from one liberal justice showed she may be putting public perception above her responsibility to uphold the Constitution.
On Wednesday, December 1, SCOTUS justices heard arguments on whether or not to basically overturn Roe v. Wade in the current case of Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization. Justice Sonia Sotomayor asked Mississippi’s solicitor general, Scott Stewart, if the nation’s judicial branch could “survive the stench that this creates in the public perception—that the Constitution and its reading are just political acts?”
Sotomayor was implying that overturning the previous abortion rights precedent is only happening now because of the court’s 6-3 conservative majority. The New York Times shared more of Sotomayor’s reasoning:
Justice Sonia Sotomayor said that "15 justices over 30 years since Casey have reaffirmed that basic viability line," referring to Planned Parenthood vs. Casey which said that states could not impose an undue burden on the right to abortion. https://t.co/moRhmrL5dZ pic.twitter.com/JWpl0A2qSV
— The New York Times (@nytimes) December 1, 2021
Justices like Brett Kavanaugh highlighted that it should be up to the states to make decisions on whether or not to allow abortion, saying that the Constitution “is neither pro-life nor pro-choice on the question of abortion.” Other conservative justices questioned the 1973 viability line precedent set by Roe v. Wade and showed their desire to overturn it. However, Americans will have to wait patiently for a decision on this case, as the ruling could come anytime between now and next summer.
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