- SCOTUS heard arguments for Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health on December 1, a case that could overturn Roe v. Wade and thus federal abortion rights.
- Anti-abortion and pro-choice protestors were outside the Supreme Court early in the morning ahead of the hearings.
- 4 protestors took abortion pills, commonly used to have an abortion at home, while outside, a Twitter photo shows.
Anti-abortion and pro-abortion protestors gathered outside of the Supreme Court on December 1 as SCOTUS prepared to hear arguments for Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, a case that could overturn the 1973 decision that allowed people to seek abortions with limited government intervention.
Caroline Kitchener, a Washington Post journalist reporting from outside the Supreme Court, shared a photo of the moment on Twitter early Wednesday morning.
“A group of four abortion rights protestors are taking abortion pills right now, at the foot of the Court,” Kitchener wrote on Twitter.
—Caroline Kitchener (@CAKitchener) December 1, 2021
The future of abortion rights hangs in the balance
SCOTUS will consider Wednesday’s arguments and make a final decision about the future of abortion rights closer to the summer.
The case, Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, concerns Mississippi’s ban on abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy. Jackson Women’s Health, the last abortion clinic in Mississippi, sued the state, saying the ban was unconstitutional because it ignored precedent.
With SCOTUS’ 1973 Roe v. Wade decision, the Court ruled it was legal to seek and obtain an abortion with limited government intervention.
Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health is the first case SCOTUS heard since judge Amy Coney Barrett joined the bench and cemented a conservative majority.