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Supreme Court Takes Up Its First Abortion-Related Case under 6-3 Conservative Majority

(Christian Headlines) On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to take up an abortion-related case out of Kentucky, marking the first time the justices have considered the issue in oral arguments with Amy Coney Barrett on the court.

At issue is a decision by the U.S. Sixth Court of Appeals not to allow Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron, a Republican, to continue defending the state’s new pro-life law. 

The Kentucky law in question banned an abortion procedure known as dilation and evacuation, in which an unborn baby is dismembered, piece by piece, while still in the womb or birth canal. Cameron’s office defended the law on behalf of the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services, but after a Sixth Circuit panel ruled the law unconstitutional, the administration of Democratic Gov. Andy Beshear chose not to appeal the lawsuit. Cameron then asked the Sixth Circuit to allow his office to join the suit so he could defend the law without Beshear’s permission. The Sixth Circuit declined, and Cameron appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court.

The Supreme Court, on Monday, said in an order that it would take up the case but limit the issue to whether Cameron can defend the law. The constitutionality of the pro-life law itself will not be considered by the court, according to the court’s order.