Supreme Court Has Already Teed Up an Abortion Case for Amy Coney Barrett to Consider

The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday again declined to formally consider a controversial case with potentially wide-ranging implications for a woman’s right to obtain an abortion. This marks the third time that the nation’s high court has, without much publicity or explanation, rescheduled a conference–the meeting in which “petitions are scheduled to be considered”–in the case stylized as Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization.

Thrice punting, the Supreme Court’s preliminary consideration of the case seems guaranteed to occur only after conservative Circuit Judge Amy Coney Barrett is confirmed and seated as the ninth justice–something of a nightmare scenario for women’s health advocates.

The Dobbs case concerns Mississippi’s court-stalled efforts to ban abortions after the 15th week of pregnancy.

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