TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) - The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to hear a major Mississippi abortion case is now a big talking point for both state leaders and local residents.
The Supreme Court agreed to hear the case this morning, and it's already a hot topic across the state. People I spoke with in Lee County had mixed opinions about the Supreme Court taking the case.
Maronica Versie said she thinks lawmakers should keep the state abortion law the way it is.
“It’s their body and they're the one that has to go through those changes," said Versie.
A Tupelo resident who didn't want to be identified said he thinks state law should limit the accessibility of abortion.
“Overall, I wouldn’t feel okay with it being a form of contraceptive, and I feel like a lot of people use it as that," said the resident.
Only one of these opinions can be law.
This morning, the Supreme Court agreed to hear arguments to ultimately decide if women in Mississippi can have an abortion after 15 weeks of pregnancy.
District 2 State Representative Nick Bain voted in favor of House Bill 1510 that banned abortion after that time period. A judge struck down that bill in 2018, but it could become law if the U.S. Supreme Court votes in its favor in the fall.
“I hope the supreme court does the right thing in making sure that the bill is law," said Bain.
President and CEO of the Center for Reproductive Rights Nancy Northup wants a different outcome.
“Alarm bells should be going off for the people in the United States who want to make sure that access to abortion remains safe and legal," said Northup.
Law Professor at the University of Mississippi, Christopher Green, said he doesn't expect a final ruling until June 2022.
“Something this momentous would almost certainly- they’d wait until the end of June, get it as considered as they possibly can," said Green. "And maybe even ask for additional briefing, additional argument beyond that.”
The Supreme court is expected to hear the arguments in October.