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On Monday, responding to reports that Democrats were threatening to pack the Supreme Court if a pro-life Mississippi law is upheld by the Supreme Court, Arkansas Republican Senator Tom Cotton fired back with one word to describe the Democrats’ plans: “Blackmail.” The Court agreed this week to hear the case Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, which challenges a Mississippi law passed in 2018 that bans abortions after the 15th week of pregnancy with a few exceptions. Amy Howe of ScotusBlog explained: When the Mississippi legislature passed the law at the heart of the case in 2018, Jackson Women’s Health Organization – the only licensed abortion provider in the state – went to court to challenge the law’s constitutionality and block the state from enforcing it. A federal district court agreed with the clinic, reasoning that the Supreme Court’s cases do not allow states to ban abortions before a fetus becomes viable, which occurs at around 24 weeks of pregnancy. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit upheld that decision.

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