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Why Supreme Court’s Newest Abortion Case Is a Big One: QuickTake

May 17, 2021, 9:33 PM

The U.S. Supreme Court has heard multiple cases in recent years from states trying to narrow the right to have an abortion, one of the nation’s most contentious issues. The next case is more sweeping than most. With its newly strengthened conservative majority in place, the court has agreed to hear Mississippi’s bid to ban abortion in almost all cases after 15 weeks of pregnancy. That could mean overturning, or at least gutting, the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade decision, which legalized abortion nationwide.

1. What’s at issue in the case?

The Roe v. Wade decision established that the decision ...

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