Abortion, religious liberty, vaccine cases top Supreme Court’s busy 2021

This past year was busy for the nation’s high court, particularly with issues of interest to Catholics regarding abortion, religious liberty, COVID-19 vaccine mandates and the death penalty.

This fall, all eyes were particularly on the court with its two cases looking at abortion laws in Texas and Mississippi.

After hearing oral arguments in November, the court ruled Dec. 10 that a new Texas law that bans most abortions after six weeks of pregnancy can stay in effect but that abortion clinics could continue to challenge it.

And at the start of December, the court took up its biggest abortion case in decades, examining Mississippi’s abortion law, which bans abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy. This case is seen as having the potential to upend the court’s 1973 Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion nationwide.

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