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Abortion: The Case For Choice

By Michael Shermer


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From Michael Shermer at Skeptic


Abortion is back in the headlines with above the fold coverage of the case now on the docket of the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) of Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, regarding the constitutionality of a 2018 Mississippi state law—the Gestational Age Act—which bans any abortion after the first 15 weeks of pregnancy except “in medical emergencies or for severe fetal abnormality.”
Most legal experts consider this case to be a direct challenge to the 1973 SCOTUS decision in Roe v. Wade that guaranteed the right of a women to have an abortion during the first trimester, following that until fetal viability at around 23 weeks, after which the state could protect its interest in the “potential life” of the fetus and regulate abortion to that end, including banning it altogether in the third trimester save for the life or health of the mother.
If overturned—and many legal commentators have suggested that this could be the case that does it—the legal right to an abortion would revert to a states’ rights issue. Some states, like California and New York, will guarantee full abortion on demand, but 12 states have passed laws that would ban abortion from the point of conception. And according to the Guttmacher Institute, as of December 2021, an additional 21 states are poised to ban or severely curtail access to abortions. This decision, expected to come down from SCOTUS next summer, will be a game changer of historic proportions.

Read the full article at Skeptic on Substack