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 March 23, 2023

Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson dissents in ruling vacating teen abortion case decision

Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson, the U.S. Supreme Court's newest member, had to put her pro-abortion stance on full display this week as the lone dissenter in a case involving the high court throwing out a lower court's ruling on terminating teenage pregnancies without parental permission. 

According to Politico, her dissent came after SCOTUS tossed a lower court's ruling "that upheld the right of a minor to go to court to obtain permission to seek an abortion without parental notification."

That particular decision came about last year out of the St. Louis-based 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

Given the developments in the high court's decision last year that lead to the miraculous overturning of Roe v. Wade, the high court ordered the lower federal court's ruling as vacated and moot.

"Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson gave light prison sentences to child pornographers. So it's no surprise she was the ONLY justice today to not support parental involvement before an abortion," LifeNews tweeted. 

Justice Brown Jackson penned a four-page dissent, arguing that the high court has become too lax in honoring requests to vacate lower courts' decisions.

"This case presents absolutely no ‘extraordinary’ circumstances justifying vacating the lower court’s decision," she wrote.

Brown Jackson added, "In my view, it is crucial that we hold the line and limit the availability of Munsingwear vacatur to truly exceptional cases."

She was the only justice to object to the Supreme Court's ruling on Monday.

Politico noted of the ruling:

The ruling will have no practical effect in Missouri, which currently has one of the strictest abortion bans in the country, with no exemptions for rape or incest. The procedure is only permissible to save the pregnant person’s life or prevent severe damage to their health.

While pro-abortion groups are working to add a measure to the ballot in the next election to undo the abortion ban, Missouri has long been one of the strictest abortion states in the nation.

Brown Jackson's dissent makes no difference, either.

All we can do is hope and pray that the conservative-majority high court will continue to make the right decisions on the issue of abortion and continue to protect the unborn.

Written By:
Ryan Ledendecker

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