Because there are a number of cases set to appear in front of the Supreme Court this year that would allow the Court to either expand abortion rights, or, in the opposite extreme, overturn Roe v. Wade. If that happens women would loose their constitutionally protected right to choose, and abortions would become illegal.
On Tuesday, May 28, 2019, the Supreme Court handed down its first abortion decision of the year.
By a 7-2 vote, the Justices upheld an Indiana law that requires clinics to bury or cremate the remains of a fetus after an abortion. On Tuesday the Supreme Court held that this mostly symbolic law does not violate a woman's right to choose abortion or put an “undue burden” on those who do so.
The Court then went on to rule against another Indiana law that would have added restrictions. The law that was struck down would have made it illegal for women to get an abortion because of the race or gender of the fetus, or if they received a diagnosis of Down syndrome. The Supreme Court agreed with the lower court's prior ruling that the law was unconstitutional.
More opportunities to uphold, restrict, or eliminate the fundamental right established by Roe v. Wade are coming to the Supreme Court later this year. How they respond will define the Court in the public's mind, and also perhaps in history. Until then state lawmakers will continue their onslaught of new abortion law proposals in an attempt to get ahead of the curve, whichever way the Court swings.
If you or someone you know is unsure about their rights regarding an abortion call our office today to schedule a free confidential consultation.