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Just Days After Confirmation, ACB Faces Decision on Abortion Case

The Supreme Court may be faced with a major abortion case soon, making it one of the first cases Justice Amy Coney Barrett could decide on.

The Supreme Court on Monday decided it would consider the Mississippi attorney general’s petition to review the state’s 15-week abortion ban. The court should announce its decision whether it will take up the case as soon as next Monday.

Yes, the day before the election.

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This is the result of Mississippi Attorney General Lynn Fitch petitioning the Supreme Court in hopes that it will clarify the meaning of viability in the context of abortion.

Fitch is appealing a decision made by a lower appeals court which determined that the ban was unconstitutional.

“In the seven-page supplemental brief, Mississippi Attorney General Lynn Fitch pointed to separate abortion-related cases where federal appeals court judges have extracted different interpretations of the Supreme Court’s decision in June Medical Services v. Russo — the court’s most recent abortion case which struck down a Louisiana abortion regulation,” CBS News reported.

If the court decides to take up the case, Barrett will immediately be subject to public pressure and scrutiny.

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Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 court decision that deemed abortion constitutional, was frequently asked about during Barrett’s confirmation hearings earlier this month.

Democratic Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar asked Barrett about her views on super-precedents, or cases that are considered to be “well settled.”

“I’m answering a lot of questions about Roe … which I think indicates that Roe doesn’t fall in that category,” Barrett responded, according to NPR.

In the past, Barrett’s signature also appeared on a pro-life advertisement in the Notre Dame Law School newspaper, where she attended and later worked as faculty.

“We renew our call for the unborn to be protected in law,” the advertisement said, according to ABC News.

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Barrett’s confirmation is a victory for Pro-Life activists, as she solidifies the conservative majority on the Supreme Court.

While it is unclear exactly how the case from Mississippi will change the future of federal abortion laws, all eyes will be on Barrett for how she votes if the high court takes up the case.

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Cameron Arcand is a political commentator based in Orange County, California. His "Young Not Stupid" column launched at The Western Journal in January 2021, making Cameron one of the youngest columnists for a national news outlet in the United States. He has appeared on One America News, and has been a Young America's Foundation member since 2019.
Cameron Arcand is a political commentator based in Orange County, California. In 2017 as a school project, he founded YoungNotStupid.com, which has grown exponentially since its founding. He has interviewed several notable conservative figures, including Dave Rubin, Peggy Grande and Madison Cawthorn.

In September 2020, Cameron joined The Western Journal as a Commentary Writer, where he has written articles on topics ranging from the COVID-19 pandemic, the "Recall Gavin Newsom" effort and the 2020 election aftermath. The "Young Not Stupid" column launched at The Western Journal in January 2021, making Cameron one of the youngest columnists for a national news outlet in the United States. He has appeared on One America News, and has been a Young America's Foundation member since 2019.
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