On December 1, the Supreme Court will hear their first abortion case that could overturn Roe v. Wade, with a solid conservative majority. The case, Thomas E. Dobbs, State Health Officer of the Mississippi Department of Health v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, involves a Mississippi law banning nearly all abortions over 15 weeks gestational age. Mississippi is asking the Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade, and therefore overturn the constitutional right to abortion that was established in the 1973 decision.
A new KFF assessment explains the origins of the case, addresses the intersections with the litigation that has arisen from S.B. 8, the Texas 6-week abortion ban, and explores the potential outcomes of the Mississippi case and how it could impact access to abortion in states across the nation.