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Mississippi directly asks the Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade

On Thursday, The State of Mississippi filed a brief, explicitly requesting that the The Supreme Court overturn Roe v. Wade. The state is currently defending its 2018 abortion laws, which ban abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy.

The state wants for the Supreme Court to uphold their restrictive abortion laws in an upcoming case. The laws are being challenged by the Jackson Women’s Health Organization, the only organization in the state that provides access to legal abortions.

Mississippi’s attorney general Lynn Fitch labeled Roe v. Wade “egregiously wrong.” The state aims to completely drop the 50-year-old laws that nationally legalize abortions at any time before viability.

In the midst of several right-leaning states tightening up their abortion restrictions, this could mark a monumental abortions rights case, as it threatens the national legalization of abortions. Fitch wrote: “The national fever on abortion can break only when this Court returns abortion policy to the states.”

According to Politico, when the court agreed to hear the case back in May, it not only agreed to hearing the case, but “signal a willingness to revisit the basic framework of Roe v. Wade, writing explicitly that they wanted to hear arguments on whether states should be allowed to ban abortion prior to the point of fetal viability.”

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