This term, the Supreme Court is set to decide the most important abortion rights case in decades, Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization. The Supreme Court will assess the constitutionality of a 2018 Mississippi law that bans abortion after 15 weeks of pregnancy. We sit down for a conversation with one of the lawyers representing Jackson Women's Health Organization to discuss.
In 1973, the U.S. Supreme Court recognized the unqualified right to pre-viability abortion in its landmark decision Roe v. Wade and has since consistently struck down state laws (like Mississippi's 15 week ban) that have attempted to prohibit pre-viability abortion. Alexia Korberg, co-counsel to Jackson Women’s Health Organization, traces the history of abortion laws in the U.S. from colonial America, to Roe, to the current landscape of state abortion laws. They discuss the central holdings and constitutional basis of Roe and Planned Parenthood v. Casey, the current litigation involving Mississippi, and the implications for abortion access if Roe is overturned.