SCOTUS Takes Up Abortion Case, Advocates on Both Sides Prepare for War

The U.S. Supreme Court announced it will be taking up a case challenging the constitutionality of Mississippi’s 15-week abortion ban. Activists and journalists on the left characterize it as a threat to freedom while right-leaning outlets are rejoicing in the left’s freak-out.


The United States Supreme Court is re-entering the political fight over abortion after it announced it will be taking up a lawsuit over Mississippi’s effective ban on abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy.


reporting from the left side of the aisle


  • Vox’s language was such that the reader would think it is an armed conflict, saying the first abortion case brought up since Justice Amy Coney Barrett has joined the Court is a “threat” and with her presence, “[Chief Justice John] Robert’s vote to make significant incursions on reproductive freedom” was no longer necessary.
  • The Huffington Post leaned heavily on pro-abortion advocates for “explaining” what the case could mean, with the president of pro-abortion Center for Reproductive Rights dialing the rhetoric up to 11 by saying a ruling in Mississippi’s favor “would essentially toss out Roe v. Wade.”
  • The Washington Post made the situation on the court sound dire for progressives and Democrats, saying the abortion case, combined with a case related to gun rights and the possible consideration of a case over Harvard’s use of “affirmative action” in admissions is giving conservatives hope.



  • Wall Street Journal’s reporting on the topic was nuanced and detailed, emphasizing the point that if the court sides with Mississippi, it would not outright overturn Roe v. Wade, but allow states more ability to restrict “pre-viability abortions.”
  • RedState highlighted some of the more prominent liberals on Twitter “losing their minds” over the announcement of the case, poking fun at the references and comparisons to The Handmaid’s Tale.
  • The Washington Free Beacon emphasized the case’s winding path through the courts, showing how hostile various federal judges were to Mississippi’s law while the federal judges bickered between each other about the tone each took in their decisions, which are now being considered by the Supreme Court.

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