Pro-lifers are feeling optimistic after the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments Wednesday in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, which is considered by many legal experts to be the biggest challenge to Roe v. Wade in nearly 50 years.
Even though the high court’s decision won’t be known until June, a number of court experts think the justices gave some good clues as to how they’re leaning. They think at least five conservative-leaning justices appear poised to uphold the Mississippi law that bans abortions at 15 weeks of pregnancy. The justices could even take it a step further, which would mean overturning the national abortion mandate created under the landmark Roe case.
But even though some observers in the pro-life community were optimistic, they also appeared to be cautious after listening to the court’s oral arguments.
Blogging during the arguments, Michael Brendan Dougherty, a senior writer at the National Review wrote, “I agree with what is turning out to be the consensus, that it looks like at least five justices are skeptical of the holding in Roe and Casey.” Casey was the 1992 ruling Planned Parenthood v. Casey, which reaffirmed Roe two decades later.
Dan McLaughlin, a former attorney and a senior writer at National Review, also wrote that the three liberal justices, Stephen Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor, and Elena Kagan, sounded like they “expect to lose.”
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