The Supreme Court is on winter break, but when they come back in January, they have a few things on the docket.
Yesterday, the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals struck down North Carolina’s law requiring women seeking an abortion to have an ultrasound prior to making a final decision. The three judge panel ruled unanimously claiming the ultrasound law violated the doctor-patient relationship.
Arina Grossu, FRC’s Director of the Center for Human Dignity released the following statement:
“This is an unfortunate day for North Carolina women and life. We reject the 4th Circuit judges’ rationale. Decisions in life and death matters, like abortion, need to be made with the full extent of information available. In this ruling, the 4th Circuit judges have ruled that a woman doesn’t have to be fully informed before making a major decision about aborting her unborn child.
“We’re not talking about seeing the photograph of an organ like a kidney or an X-ray of a broken bone, but of a growing and developing life that even the Supreme Court has said the state has a legitimate interest in protecting. Seeing a baby through ultrasound helps women cut through the lie they are told by abortion advocates that their unborn children are just masses of tissue and blood. It is undeniable that this law has saved countless babies in the womb once their mothers saw their babies’ faces. That fact alone means women afterwards choose life, and the Court’s decision is essentially intended to prevent from having women that informed choice,” concluded Grossu.
Who knows? This could be a SCOTUS issue in 2015.
Same-sex marriage cases are ready and scheduled for the Justices’ January 9th conference, so we can find out on that day what if any of those they will hear. If the Court takes an initial vote on the cases, on the question of granting or denying review, when it returns in January from a winter recess, and ultimately grants review, the cases could be scheduled for briefing, oral argument, and a final decision in the current Term, which runs through late June or early July.
February Schedule of Cases have some interesting ones: See those here.
The Supreme Court (SCOTUS) will hold oral argument on the next major legal battle over the Affordable Care Act on Wednesday, March 4, at the end of the February-March sitting. The health care subsidy case of King v. Burwell is the only case scheduled for March 4, apparently to give the Court the option of hearing more than the usual one hour of argument.
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