WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, the United States Supreme Court heard arguments in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, a case that is significant to the state of Utah. At issue is a Mississippi law that prohibits virtually all abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy, with some exceptions. The outcome of this case could directly affect a similar Utah statute, which prohibits most abortions after 18 weeks of pregnancy, also with some exceptions. Pursuant to court order, Utah’s law is currently not being enforced, pending the resolution of Dobbs.
One possible outcome of Dobbs is that the Supreme Court sets new standards for states when regulating abortion, which may supersede the the Court’s current jurisprudence established in Roe v. Wade, Casey v. Planned Parenthood, and Gonzales v. Carhart. Utah joined many other states in an amicus brief submitted to the Supreme Court in support of Mississippi’s position in Dobbs.