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Mississippi’s Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Org

Mississippi's Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Org, The Antioch Report

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An important Supreme Court case, Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Org, is perhaps the most important abortion case in the US in decades. Final arguments were heard yesterday, Dec 1. It could take several months for SCOTUS to issue a decision. Here is the 125-page transcript of the trial.


What is the abortion case in Mississippi?

The 2018 Mississippi law is written to ban abortions once the pregnancy has surpassed 15 weeks, a law which is at odds with the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision, which protects a woman’s right to choose to have an abortion.

Julie Rikelman, a director for the Center for Reproductive Rights, is the lawyer arguing in defense for human reproductive rights (women’s choice to choose), building a case around the disproportionate maternal mortality rate in MS, especially for women of color. 

Main questions around abortion cases:

  • When does life “begin”?
  • Should a state or nation have a say in a woman’s decision to abort a pregnancy?
  • Should the US Constitution’s liberation give freedom to both those that do and those that don’t decide to end their pregnancy?
  • What constitutional rights does the unborn fetus have?

This list is not exhaustive.

If the SCOTUS rules in favor of Dobbs v. JWHO, it is likely that abortion would become illegal in as many as half the states in the nation.

What is Roe v. Wade?

Roe v. Wade was a 1973 Supreme Court decision ruling that the 14th amendment (equal protection of all citizens) also meant that women should have the constitutional right to choose to end their pregnancy.

This ruling was later balanced with further parameters per trimester, to protect women’s health as well as prenatal life.

  • in the first trimester, government could not intervene in the decision to abort.
  • in the second trimester, governments could create health regulations for mother or fetus.
  • in the third trimester, abortions could be prohibited completely for health risks to the mother.

In 1992, the case Planned Parenthood v. Casey upheld Roe by protecting women’s right to choose to end their pregnancy, but instated a fetal viability framework instead of the per-trimester regulation.

For the Christian

– From the editor –

Christians are divided on this issue. Just this month I’ve seen people write things to the effect of “I don’t understand how someone could possibly be a Christian and be liberal”, and on the other hand I’ve seen general brushstrokes characterizing conservative Christians as bigoted racists.

It’s much easier to look at the speck in someone else’s eye without focusing first on the plank in our own.

As we experience this case unfold, regardless of the outcome, keep the following scripture in mind.

It starts with “What causes quarrels and what causes fights among you?” Read the entire passage here.

– DB

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Daniel Berk

Daniel Berk

Daniel Berk is the Managing Editor at The Antioch Report. A student and teacher of the Bible, he is a lover of theology, church history, and... TV. Follow him on Twitter @danielcberk. Daniel and his wife Courtney reside with their Bernedoodle in Charleston, SC.

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