On June 24, 2022, the Supreme Court issued a shameful ruling overturning Roe v. Wade — the landmark decision recognizing the constitutional right to abortion nearly 50 years ago.
While abortion is still legal today in Mississippi, politicians have passed what is known as a trigger law. The 2007 law is designed to ban nearly all abortions, and will go into effect 10 days after the Attorney General certifies the decision issued by the Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade. The Attorney General certified the decision on June 27th, 2022. This Mississippi law will penalize anyone performing or attempting to perform an abortion with a felony offense and up to ten years in prison.
In addition, the ruling in this case, Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, will set off a chain reaction with states banning abortion and criminalizing essential care throughout entire regions of the country.
HOW DID WE GET HERE?
The following timeline chronicles the 15-week abortion ban from the Mississippi Legislature to the Supreme Court.
The following timeline chronicles the previous court rulings upon which Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization is being argued.