WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court
agreed Monday to take up Mississippi
's bid to enforce a 15-week abortion ban, saying it will hear the case.
The court's decision sets up a showdown over abortion, most likely in the fall, with a more conservative court seemingly ready to drastically alter nearly 50 years of abortion rights rulings.
The Supreme Court first declared a woman's constitutional right to abortion in the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision, which was later reaffirmed 19 years later.
Lower courts ruled that the state's ban was unconstitutional because it contradicted Supreme Court precedent that protects a woman's right to an abortion before the fetus can survive outside her womb.