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Supreme Court to Hear Oral Arguments on Abortion and Trump

The final week of oral arguments for the term has potential blockbuster cases.

Photo: Activists protest at the Supreme Court in March as justices heard oral arguments on an abortion medication case. The justices are set to hear another abortion-related case Wednesday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

 

The Supreme Court will close out oral arguments for the term this week with two high-profile cases: whether federal law guarantees access to abortion in emergency rooms and whether former President Donald Trump is immune to federal criminal charges.

The cases are emblematic of a term in which the conservative-controlled court is poised to broaden its impact on American law and politics in ways that could reverberate for years — as well as the remaining months before this fall’s presidential election.

This term doesn’t have cases that could match up to the court’s 2022 decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization that overturned the constitutional right to an abortion, said Laurie Levenson, a law professor at Loyola Marymount University.

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