BY ERWIN CHEMERINSKY, SPECIAL TO THE SACRAMENTO BEE
JUNE 12, 2021
I expect in about a year that the Supreme Court will overrule Roe v. Wade and
end constitutional protection of abortion rights.
On May 17, the Court granted review in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health
Organization, which concerns a Mississippi law that prohibits abortions after
the fifteenth week of pregnancy. In light of the current composition of the
Supreme Court, there are five and maybe six votes to overrule Roe and allow
states to prohibit all or virtually all abortions. The case will be argued in
Fall 2021 and likely decided in June 2022.