SCOTUS Decisions Due on Abortion, Religion, Guns and Border

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WASHINGTON (NewsNation) – The Supreme Court is yet to issue an opinion on 13 other cases in June before closing one of the most contentious sessions in recent history. The court will deliver its opinions on Thursday and Friday and may add delivery days until the end of June.

Here are four of the most important cases awaiting decision this quarter:

ABORTION

Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization: The Roe v. Wade’s 1973 law legalizing abortion access in the United States could be overturned by a new panel of Supreme Court justices this term. The 50-year-old law gives federal constitutional protection to the right to abortion up to the point of viability, determined at around 24 weeks of pregnancy.

Weeks to fetal viability has been a polarizing issue for decades and contested in several states seeking to ban abortions much earlier in pregnancies.

The case was accepted this warrant by higher courts after the only remaining abortion clinic in Mississippi sued the state over its 2018 law banning abortions after 15 weeks – cutting off access two months earlier than Roe doesn’t allow it.

A leaked draft opinion by Judge Samuel Alito from February reports that judges initially voted to strike down Roe, which would send abortion laws to states without a federal standard. If that happened, access to abortion would be completely banned or severely restricted in more than half of the US states.

RELIGION

Kennedy v. Bremerton School District: A high school football coach engaged in prayer with some of his student players during and after games. The Washington state school district asked him to stop “misusing his public employment to promote religion”, hoping to protect himself from a lawsuit. Coach Joseph Kennedy refused and was suspended. He then sued the school district for violating his First Amendment rights and his rights to private speech because he claimed he had not asked any students to participate in the prayer circle.

The court will determine whether this act is protected speech and whether an employer can prohibit it to avoid violating the Establishment Clause – which states you cannot force people to engage in religious exercises or profess beliefs. .

SHOTGUNS

New York State Rifle & Pistol Association Inc. vs. Bruen: To obtain a concealed weapons permit in New York, state law requires applicants to show “just cause” and “good character.” Two residents challenged the law after being rejected, and some gun owners say it violates the Second Amendment right to carry a gun for self-defense. Reversing the law could make it easier to carry a handgun legally in California, New Jersey, Maryland, Hawaii and Massachusetts, where similar regulations would be vulnerable.

BORDER

Biden vs. Texas: The Supreme Court will decide whether the Biden administration will be obliged to maintain the Trump administration’s policy of staying in Mexico, which has refused entry to hundreds of thousands of asylum seekers at the southern border while their files were being processed. The current White House has said the law exposes immigrants to unsafe conditions and hinted they were working on more humane ways to ease strains on the system. President Biden tried to end the policy that kept migrants waiting in Mexico, but a federal judge in Texas forced the administration to restart the program in December.

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