THE KAVANAUGH EFFECT: Groups Ask SCOTUS To Hear Case That Could Overturn Roe

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A group of organizations have called on the Supreme Court to hear a case that could trigger the court to overturn the infamous Roe v. Wade case that legalized abortion.

The group comprised of the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, National Association of Evangelicals, Concerned Women for America, National Legal Foundation and Pacific Justice Institute, filed a brief on November 15 with the Court asking the justices to review an Indiana case which blocked enforcement of a law signed by then-Governor Mike Pence in 2016 that required doctors to inform their patients that abortions were not permitted because of the unborn baby’s “race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, or diagnosis or potential diagnosis of the fetus having Down syndrome or any other disability.” The justices could decide to overturn Roe and the 1992 Planned Parenthood v. Casey opinion that reaffirmed Roe. Justice Anthony Kennedy, who was replaced by Justice Brett Kavanaugh, voted to side with Planned Parenthood in 1992.

After Pence signed the law, Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky challenged it; a federal judge permanently blocked the state from enforcing it, as the Baptist Press reports. In April 2018, a three-judge panel of the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago agreed with the federal judge. Judge William Bauer, writing for the court, noted that Roe recognized a right to privacy “broad enough to encompass a woman’s decision whether or not to terminate her pregnancy,” that “this right is not unqualified,” and that it must be balanced “against important state interests in regulation.” – READ MORE

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