How Trump and McConnell set the final pieces for the Supreme Court to reconsider Roe v. Wade
May 17, 2021 at 18:54
(CNN) Conservatives have been waiting decades for this moment: a transformed Supreme Court on Monday agreed to hear an abortion case that directly challenges women's reproductive rights tracing to the 1973 Roe v. Wade milestone.
Republicans rued the abortion-rights votes of GOP-nominated Justices Sandra Day O'Connor, David Souter and Anthony Kennedy, all now retired, over the years.
But the current makeup of the court, with three appointees of former President Donald Trump and three other justices who have opposed abortion rights, provides a dynamic that found abortion opponents ecstatic at the court's announcement and abortion rights supporters trembling.
Abortion has been the single most consistent and contentious subject of Supreme Court confirmations since the early 1980s, when Republican President Ronald Reagan made reversal of the 1973 Roe milestone a mission.
Abortion politics have influenced the presidential screening of nominees, senators' votes and the increasing force of special interest groups in the confirmation orbit.
Republican lawmakers especially have fought to make this moment possible, in statehouses across the country and in the US Senate.
A devout Roman Catholic, she was the third appointee of Trump, who vowed to choose justices who would reverse Roe and return the issue to the states.
The controversy, which would likely be heard in the fall and decided by June of 2022, could eviscerate the heart of Roe v. Wade, which declared women have a constitutional right to end a pregnancy.
The dispute, Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization, marks the start of most momentous abortion battle since 1992.
The lower US appellate court that rejected the Mississippi law had written, "In an unbroken line dating to Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court's abortion cases have established (and affirmed, and re-affirmed) a woman's right to choose an abortion before viability.
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But conservatives seeking curtailment of abortion rights may not need his vote.