Abortion rights will be on the line at the Supreme Court on Wednesday as the justices hear historic arguments that could overturn the Roe v. Wade ruling that legalized abortion nationwide nearly 50 years ago.
The justices will meet at 10 a.m. ET to consider Mississippi’s bid to revive a 2018 state law that bans abortion after 15 weeks.
Mississippi is also asking the court to overturn a 1992 ruling in Planned Parenthood v. Casey, which reaffirmed the landmark Roe ruling.
The arguments will be broadcast live on the court’s website.
The Supreme Court currently has a 6-3 conservative majority after President Donald Trump appointed three justices.
Trump had vowed during his presidency to appoint justices he said would oppose abortion rights.
The Supreme Court hasn’t ever allowed states to ban abortion before the point when a fetus can survive outside the womb — roughly 24 weeks.
Some of the debate on Wednesday is expected to be based on whether the court should abandon that long-held rule not to ban abortions after 24 weeks.
Pro-choice and anti-abortion activists are set to hold dueling rallies outside the court as the justices weigh the case.
Separately, the justices are also hearing arguments over a Texas law that bans abortions after about six weeks of pregnancy.
The court has yet to rule on the Texas law.
With Post Wires