In the Roe v. Wade case which unfolded in 1973, the Supreme Court ordered abortions to be legal in the United States up to the point of viability. Mississippi’s attorney general is now seeking to overturn the ruling.
In an Associated Press report published on Thursday (July 22), General Lynn Fitch told justices that the decision should be overturned.
“In terms of the Constitution, may states restrict abortions prior to viability? Yes. Why? There is no constitutional provision, structure, history, or tradition supports a right to abortion,” he stated in his statement.
As a result of the Roe v. Wade decision, General Fitch says the outcome was “egregiously wrong,” calling on the Court to uphold legislation making abortion illegal after 15 weeks. Currently, pregnant women can get an abortion up to the 24-week mark, the time when a fetus has achieved viability.
The Center for Reproductive Rights’ president and CEO, Nancy Northup, disagrees with Fitch.
“Today’s brief indicates how extreme the reforms are, not just of this particular legislation but also of the multitude of restrictions and bans on abortion that are being implemented across the country,” she said in a statement today. “They wish for the Supreme Court to take away our ability to control our own bodies and our own futures not just in Mississippi, but everywhere.”
Earlier this year, President Joe Biden, when he was running for the Democratic presidential nomination, stated that Roe v. Wade would be the “law of the land” if the decision were ever reversed. When then President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court justice nominee Amy Coney Barrett, a woman who reportedly challenged the decision, became a justice (she ultimately was), he answered the question.
It is not yet clear exactly what she will do, but it is expected that she may very well move to overrule Roe, said Biden at the time. In this situation, only passing a law to make Roe the law of the land would be a responsible response. That’s what I would do.”
This article was penned by Jonathan P. Wright. Jonathan is a freelance writer for multiple mainstream publications and CVO of RADIOPUSHERS. You can read more of his work by clicking here.