SCOTUS to Hear Case Challenging Roe v. Wade
19 May 2021
Quentin Van Meter, MD, FCP, President
The American College of Pediatricians (ACPeds) praises the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) decision to hear the case, Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization. Last summer, Mississippi Attorney General Lynn Fitch asked SCOTUS to hear this case concerning the legality of her state’s ban on abortions after 15 weeks gestation. According to the 2018 state law, abortions are prohibited except when there are risks to the life or physical health of the mother or fatal fetal anomalies. Based on state health records, about 200 unborn babies between 15 and 20 weeks are aborted every year in Mississippi.
In agreeing to hear this case, SCOTUS will clarify its jurisprudence on abortion regarding states’ authority to enact laws that protect maternal health, safeguard unborn babies, and promote respect for innocent life.
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The American College of Pediatricians (ACPeds) is a national medical association of licensed physicians and healthcare professionals who specialize in the care of infants, children, and adolescents. It was founded by a group of concerned physicians who saw the need for a pediatric organization that would not be influenced by the politically driven pronouncements of the day. The mission of the ACPeds is to enable all children to reach their optimal physical and emotional health and well-being. The ACPeds is committed to fulfilling its mission by producing sound policy, based upon the best available research, to assist parents and to influence society in the endeavor of childrearing.