The Supreme Court is back in session and they have already taken on some big cases. Here are five monumental cases that will highlight their 2021-2022 term.
1. Overturning Roe v. Wade: Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization
2. The Right to Carry a Gun for Self-defense: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association Inc. v. Bruen
3. Protecting Prayer by Government Employees in the Workplace: Kennedy v. Bremerton School District
4. Using School Choice Funds for Religious Education: Carson v. Makin
Overturning Roe v. Wade: Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization
In the early morning hours of March 2, 2021, the U.S. Supreme Court handed down its decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, a case that could have major implications for abortion rights in America. The case revolved around a Mississippi law that banned abortion after 15 weeks of pregnancy, with no exceptions for cases of rape or incest.
In a 7-2 decision, the Court ruled that the law was unconstitutional, effectively overturning Roe v. Wade and giving states the authority to ban abortion at any point during pregnancy. While the ruling is not likely to have an immediate impact on abortion rights nationwide, it is a clear sign that the Court is willing to reconsider its position on Roe v. Wade, and other states may now attempt to pass similar laws in the hopes of getting them overturned by the Supreme Court. Only time will tell what the true impact of Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization will be, but for now, it remains a major victory for abortion rights advocates across America.
The Right to Carry a Gun for Self-defense: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association Inc. v. Bruen
The Second Amendment of the United States Constitution protects the right of the people to keep and bear arms. In recent years, this right has come under fire from gun control advocates. One of the most hotly contested issues is whether or not people have the right to carry a gun for self-defense. This issue was recently brought before the Supreme Court in the case of New York State Rifle & Pistol Association Inc. v. Bruen.
In this case, the Supreme Court ruled that people have the right to carry a gun for self-defense. This ruling is a victory for gun rights advocates and a blow to those who would like to see stricter gun control laws. The Supreme Court has affirmed that the right to bear arms is an individual right that cannot be infringed upon by the government. This decision will have far-reaching implications for gun policy in the United States.
Protecting Prayer by Government Employees in the Workplace: Kennedy v. Bremerton School District
The case of Kennedy v. Bremerton School District will have far-reaching implications for the separation of church and state in the United States. At issue is whether public school employees can be required to participate in on-the-job prayer, even if they have sincere religious objections to doing so. The Supreme Court is currently considering the case, and a decision is expected sometime in the next year.
The case began when Kennedy, a high school football coach in Washington state, was fired after he refused to participate in an on-the-job prayer. Kennedy sued the school district, arguing that the requirement violated his right to freedom of religion. The district court sided with Kennedy, but the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals overturned that ruling. The case then went to the Supreme Court, which has not yet issued a decision.
There are a few potential outcomes of this case. The most likely is that the Supreme Court will rule in favor of the school district, meaning that public school employees can be required to participate in on-the-job prayer. However, it is also possible that the Court will rule in favor of Kennedy, finding that such a requirement violates his right to freedom of religion. Either way, this case is sure to have a significant impact on the relationship between church and state in America.
Using School Choice Funds for Religious Education: Carson v. Makin
In the case of Carson v. Makin, the Supreme Court will decide whether or not to allow school choice funds to be used for religious education. The case centers around a Louisiana school district that allows parents to use public funds to pay for private school tuition, including at religious schools. The plaintiffs argue that this violates the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment, which prohibits government endorsement of religion. The defendants contend that the program is neutral and does not prefer any particular religion.
The Supreme Court will ultimately decide whether to uphold the lower court’s ruling that the program is constitutional, or whether to strike it down as unconstitutional. Either way, the decision is likely to have far-reaching implications for school choice programs across the country.
Decisions on these cases could have significant implications for a variety of issues in the United States. From gun rights to religious freedom, the decisions that the Court makes will be sure to have a major impact on American society. It is important to stay up to date on these cases, as they will likely have a major impact on the country in the years to come.