For the first time since President Trump’s three Supreme Court nominees were seated, giving the court what is widely regarded as a 6-3 conservative majority, the justices will hear an abortion case.
The case is a bid by the Kentucky attorney to intervene in a lawsuit against a state abortion ban, which the current Democratic governor refuses to defend.
Politico reported “the court’s new conservative supermajority” will be watched for signs of whether it wants to revisit abortion and review cases such as the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade decision.
The Kentucky case, Cameron v. EMW Women’s Surgical Center, is about the state’s 2018 ban on an abortion procedure in which the unborn infant is dismembered.
The law was signed by Republican Gov. Matt Bevin, but federal courts blocked its implementation and Bevin’s successor, Democratic Gov. Andy Beshear, refuses to defend it.
Attorney General Daniel Cameron, a Republican, sought to intervene, but lower courts refused him permission.
The report noted the justices have declined to take up a Mississippi case that would directly challenge Roe.
If the justices decide to side with Cameron, “it could open the door for more state officials to defend abortion laws when their governors choose not to do so,” the report said.
A report at Scotusblog noted the Supreme Court granted Cameron’s request to decide whether he should be allowed to join the case.
The justices turned down an additional request from Cameron to review whether it should be considered at the lower court.
PJ Media reported Kentucky’s law banned the practice of “the bodily dismemberment, crushing, or human vivisection of the unborn child.”
“I promised Kentuckians that I would defend our laws all the way to the United States Supreme Court, and that’s what we’ve done,” Cameron said in a statement released Monday. “Since day one in office, we’ve fought to defend House Bill 454, even when the Beshear administration refused to defend it.”
He said it simply reflects the conscience of Kentucky by banning “the gruesome practice of live dismemberment abortions.”
Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the pro-life Susan B. Anthony List, said the decision was “encouraging.”
“We commend Attorney General Daniel Cameron for doing everything in his power to defend Kentucky’s pro-life laws, including its ban on barbaric live-dismemberment abortions, which was enacted with overwhelming bipartisan support,” Dannenfelser said.
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