WASHINGTON (NEXSTAR) – The United States Supreme Court begins a new term on Monday and the case is filled with important cases that could have national implications.
Legal access to abortion is one of the most important issues the Supreme Court will decide on this term when it hears the case over a Mississippi law banning abortion after 15 weeks without exception for rape or incest.
Georgetown Law’s Erica Hashimoto said the law “violates Roe vs. Wade”.
The court’s decision could have far-reaching implications. Hashimoto said: “The court can always decide that it will not follow the precedent.”
The Supreme Court will also hear a case regarding the constitutional right to bear arms in public and whether residents of Washington, DC should have voting members of Congress.
Senator Paul Strauss currently represents DC only symbolically.
“You have 200 years after the American Revolution, taxation without representation,” he said.
Cases that the Supreme Court decides without a hearing are subject to scrutiny. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) said the court is abusing its so-called shadow dossier by using it “for more political and controversial decisions”.
Durbin said Texas’ restrictive new abortion law is in effect because of this type of ruling.
Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) defended the High Court, saying it “refused to intervene in an extremely fast-paced fashion”.
But Democrats believe the court’s political rulings are the reason two recent polls found Supreme Court approval ratings have plummeted.