The Supreme Court will make its first major ruling on abortion since 2007. Nine years ago, the Supreme Court voted 5-4 to uphold a federal ban on late term abortions. Americans are closely divided in their views of abortion. A recent online poll suggests that 47 percent said abortion should be legal, while 42 percent said it should be illegal.
The court will decide if a Republican-backed 2013 Texas law places an undue burden on women exercising their constitutional right to abortion. Although views on abortion have changed very little over the past decades, the abortion rate has declined in the United States. In 1981 the abortion rate in the U. S. was 29 per 1000 women aged 15 to 44. Conversely, in 2011, the figure was 16.9 per 1000 women. The vote could end up in a tie since there are only eight sitting judges in the Supreme Court at this time.
Young Conservatives reports:
The U.S. Supreme Court is due on Monday to issue its first major abortion ruling since 2007 against a backdrop of unremitting divisions among Americans on the issue and a decades-long decline in the rate at which women terminate pregnancies.
The court’s decision on whether a Republican-backed 2013 Texas law placed an undue burden on women exercising their constitutional right to abortion is one of three remaining cases for the court to decide on Monday, the last day of its term.