The Department of Justice sought permission on Monday to present oral arguments when the Supreme Court hears a case challenging Mississippi’s strict abortion law, as it called on justices to uphold Roe v. Wade.
In its filing to the high court, the Department of Justice said overruling the 1973 landmark Roe v. Wade decision, which granted a woman a right to an abortion, would cause “grave harm to women.” The court later reaffirmed that right decades later in Planned Parenthood v Casey.
“Overruling Roe and Casey at this late date would be a profound disruption. Such a holding would harm women (and their partners) who have ‘organized intimate relationships and made choices that define their views of themselves and their places in society, in reliance on the availability of abortion in the event that contraception should fail,’” the DOJ argued.
The two briefs, filed by acting Solicitor General Brian Fletcher, mark the latest attempt by President Biden’s DOJ to “protect the legal right to an abortion,” per the New York Times, which first reported on the court filings.
In its filing, the Justice Department notes that appeals courts had previously backed Jackson Women’s Health, agreeing that Mississippi had been “unable to identify any medical research or data that shows a fetus has reached the ‘point of viability’ at 15 weeks.'” The DOJ added, “The United States has a substantial interest in the proper interpretation of the Fourteenth Amendment.”
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