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What could Supreme Court abortion case mean for California?

The United States Supreme Court heard arguments Wednesday on a controversial Mississippi state law that would ban abortions after fifteen weeks of pregnancy.

The case has drawn attention throughout the nation in what many view as the biggest threat to legal abortion in decades and its potential impact on Roe v. Wade, the landmark Supreme Court decision that protects abortion rights.

Lawyer and president of the Lawyers Club of San Diego Maggie Schroedter joined Midday Edition on Wednesday to talk about what she took from Wednesday's hearing, and what they ultimately could mean for states other than just Mississippi, including California if the Court upholds the Mississippi law.


"I don't believe that we're at a direct risk today — women in California, but I do think that if this is the case certainly in the future, any state could potentially enact more restrictive abortion measures as a result of this ruling," Schroedter said.

But Schroedter warns this if the law is upheld it will set a new precedent.

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"There are at least 20 states currently have restrictive abortion legislation pending and sort of ready to go and what we can expect is those states would act similar or even more restrictive abortion legislation," she said.

During arguments, Mississippi Solicitor General Scott Stewart had harsh words for Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood.

"Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood haunt our country. They have no basis in the Constitution," he said. "They have no home in our history or traditions. They've damaged the democratic process. They've poisoned the law. They've choked off compromise. Nowhere else does this court recognize a right to end a human life."


But Darrah DiGiorgio Johnson, the president of Planned Parenthood of the Pacific Southwest said one in four women have had an abortion and most of us know someone who has had one.

She said this decision should be made by private citizens in their own homes.

"They are your neighbors, your coworkers, the folks at the shopping mall the people that you know that are in your family," she said. "And so the folks we take care of at Planned Parenthood who are choosing abortion care have made that choice for themselves because it is a right, a fundamental right and it is health care. And it really saddens me that if you are being told when to choose and if how you’re supposed to start or plan your family no one should get in between that decision. That should be a decision between you and the people in your family that love and care for you but certainly not the government."

Sarah Bacerra, president of the San Diego Women’s March, said women have been fighting for their rights for generations and this case shows the need to continue their mission.

"If we’re not fighting for our rights everyday, if we’re not fighting for our democracy and our ability to make these choices, to have this autonomy, it’s a very, very fragile thing that can go away," she said. "So let’s keep fighting together."

The U.S. Supreme Court's decision is not expected until mid-2022.