The future of abortion in America is on the line. The Supreme Court has just ruled on a case and is preparing a decision on a second that could end Roe v Wade. In this episode, I talk to the co-lead counsel on one of the abortion cases before the US Supreme Court, Dobbs v Jackson Women’s Health Organization.
Hillary Schneller is Senior Staff Attorney at the Center for Reproductive Rights. The group is leading the fight against both the Texas 6-week abortion ban and the Mississippi 15-week abortion ban.
We spoke Friday, hours after the Supreme Court ruled on the Texas law. Justices found that abortion providers can challenge the state’s abortion law in lower courts. But they did not stay the law, meaning the near abortion ban stays in effect and women in Texas can’t get an abortion after 6 weeks. It also means that vigilante citizens can bring enforcement cases against abortion providers and others.
At the same time the country anxiously awaits a ruling in another case. Dobbs v Jackson Women’s Health Organization asks the court to overturn Roe v Wade, and find that women don’t have a constitutionally protected right to abortion.
In this episode we discuss what the lawyers argued before the court, what it all means, and what resources pregnant people and reproductive rights activists have if Roe is gutted.
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