On Dec. 1, the Supreme Court will inflame the abortion debate yet again as it considers Mississippi’s ban on all abortion after 15 weeks of pregnancy. Over the past 30 years, the Supreme Court has heard oral argument in at least seven different cases and each time abortion rights supporters feared it would be the end of Roe v. Wade. This time seems no different, and yet it is.
In poker terms, abortion opponents have scored a full house at the Supreme Court: five justices adamantly opposed to abortion. This solid majority opposes Roe’s holding and indeed is gearing up to dismantle, if not outright overturn it. A sixth justice, Chief Justice John Roberts, is against abortion but tends to prioritize stare decisis to maintain the legitimacy of this court that bears his name.