The Supreme Court announced on Monday that it would examine a law restricting abortion in the state of Mississippi that has been blocked by state courts.
The case involves a law passed by the Republican-majority Mississippi Congress that bans abortion after the fifteenth week of gestation.
This state law has been blocked in lower courts that consider that it goes against the Supreme Court’s ruling in the “Roe v. Wade” case, which legalized abortion in the country in 1973.
Mississippi already prohibits this procedure after 20 weeks gestation and has passed other laws to veto abortion once a fetal heartbeat is detected, i.e., after the sixth week.
The Mississippi case will mark the first time the Supreme Court will have to rule —probably next fall— on a state law restricting abortion since it strengthened its conservative majority last November.