All eyes are on Supreme Court for its biggest abortion case in decades

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- When the Supreme Court hears oral arguments Dec. 1 for the biggest abortion case in decades, all eyes -- and ears -- will be on the court.

Diocesan websites across the country have posted links to the arguments as well as churches where prayers will be taking place at this time. Several dioceses also encouraged Catholics to take part in an online national prayer event in mid-November to pray for the outcome of this decision.

Reaction on social media, multiple briefs in support and opposition to the case and the likely presence of protesters and supporters on the court's steps Dec. 1 are just a small indication of how divided the nation is on abortion and on the court's potential to significantly restrict it or perhaps even overturn Roe v. Wade.

The case before the nation's high court, Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization, is an appeal from Mississippi to keep its ban on abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy. This ban was struck down by a federal District Court in Mississippi in 2018 and upheld a year later by the New Orleans-based U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit.

The Mississippi law is being challenged by the state's only abortion facility, the Jackson Women's Health Organization.