Mississippi Attorney General Lynn Fitch urged the Supreme Court on Thursday to overturn the Roe v. Wade abortion case to allow states the right to pass laws regarding the issue.
Fitch filed a brief in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization that will be heard by the court in October in what pro-life advocates hope will lead to a major legal change regarding the issue.
The case will be the first major abortion legal hearing by the court since former Donald Trump’s three conservative judges have been appointed to the court.
“There are those who would like to believe that Roe v. Wade settled the issue of abortion once and for all,” Fitch said in a statement.
“But all it did was establish a special-rules regime for abortion jurisprudence that has left these cases out of step with other Court decisions and neutral principles of law applied by the Court.”
Fitch added, “As a result, state legislatures, and the people they represent, have lacked clarity in passing laws to protect legitimate public interests, and artificial guideposts have stunted important public debate on how we, as a society, care for the dignity of women and their children.”
Fitch noted, “It is time for the Court to set this right and return this political debate to the political branches of government.”
Abortion advocates will fiercely fight the challenge, with all eyes on the court’s pending case. Many are calling the case the biggest abortion legal effort since Roe v. Wade, with the very issue of life at stake before the court.