Lyle Denniston, the National Constitution Center’s constitutional literacy adviser, explains how the campaign to restrict abortion has been largely frustrated – for now – by Monday’s Supreme Court decision.
About the Supreme Court
The United States Supreme Court is the highest court of the judicial branch of government—its duty is to interpret the law. Since 1803, the Supreme Court has been understood to have the power to declare national, state, and local laws unconstitutional. Article III of the Constitution defines the Supreme Court and which cases it can hear, and how other federal courts are established.
The Supreme Court’s current term is now over, and it’s time to review the major decisions from the Justices from the past few months.
In the final case of its current term, a unanimous Supreme Court vacated former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell’s corruption conviction, disagreeing with how his alleged criminal acts were defined.
A divided Supreme Court on Monday ruled against a Texas law that placed restrictions on how women can gain access to abortions at clinics.
In a majority 6-2 decision on Monday, the Supreme Court upheld a federal law that restricts gun ownership for a person convicted of reckless domestic assault.