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Abortion Advocates, Dems Melt Down As Supreme Court Reviews Case Challenging Roe v. Wade

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“Gilead’s Supreme Court today began the process that will soon order forced childbirth for any and all women who become pregnant,” filmmaker Michael Moore captioned a Monday Instagram post, referencing the fictional totalitarian government of Gilead in “The Handmaid’s Tale.”

“No word yet on whether Justices Brett Kavanaugh and Amy Barrett have volunteered to physically hold down the women as they are forced to give birth,” he added.

The Women’s March warned in a tweet that the upcoming Supreme Court case is “what conservatives across the country have been rushing to accomplish ever since Amy Coney Barrett joined the Supreme Court.”

“Reproductive rights are in danger,” the Women’s March tweeted. “We can’t let the GOP roll back our rights. It’s time to codify Roe v. Wade.”

The case deals with a 2018 Mississippi law banning abortions after 15 weeks, a law challenged by the Center for Reproductive Rights, the law firm Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison, and the Mississippi Center for Justice on behalf of the last remaining abortion clinic in Mississippi — Jackson Women’s Health Organization. After the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals struck down the law in December 2019, the state of Mississippi asked the Supreme Court to take up the case.

An unborn baby is considered viable at 24 weeks, though medical intervention and a stay in the NICU are usually required this early. Babies born before 23 weeks have a survival rate of about 5% to 6%, and analysis by Charlotte Lozier Institute medical experts found that unborn babies can feel pain as early as 12 weeks.

The Supreme Court will hear one out of the three questions presented by Mississippi, the pro-life group Americans United for Life said in a press release: “Whether all pre-viability prohibitions on elective abortions are unconstitutional.” This signals that the Court is focused on the constitutionality of legal limits on late-term abortions, AUL said.

“That the Supreme Court is considering this Mississippi law is a promising signal that perhaps a majority of Justices wish to give states greater power to regulate abortion,” Steven H. Aden, AUL Chief Legal Officer & General Counsel, said in a Monday statement. “At the same time, if the Court rejects Mississippi’s common sense HB 1510 protections, the pro-life movement will face a fundamental reckoning.”

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