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Abortion, guns and religion are among the cases on the docket of the high court this time, which begins Monday.

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Abortion, guns and religion are among the cases on the docket of the high court this time, which begins Monday.

J. Scott Applewhite / AP

For U.S. Supreme Court judges, Monday marks the first time almost all time has been convened in the courtroom since it was locked a year and a half ago. But if some of the judges greet the new voice with great anticipation of the new constitution, others may face this word with fear.

The docket of this term is humdinger, with major themes including the major social issues of the day: abortion, guns, the separation of church and state, and the act of consolidation in higher education.

“It seems that every few years, we say we will see a serious reversal of the Supreme Court in American law,” says Tom Goldstein, a publisher of SCOTUSblog. But this time, he adds, “We mean it.”

In Goldstein’s view, the court changed the composition, with the addition of Trump’s three nominees; it has six strong conservative members, and it has decided to put a docket, “forward and forth, the major social issues that have sunk in the past because it could not get five strong votes to change the law. And now it seems like time is running out.”

The cases before the court are not collected. However, they have been deliberately selected by the new security committee, with an eye for abortion, theft, or overdose of nearly 50 years of abortion, for example, or to increase other choices, such as those that protect gun rights, and religious rights.

‘We may have reached the point of change’

There is no result. Listen, for example, to the often non-military Irv Gornstein, longtime director of the Supreme Court Institute at Georgetown University Law Center.

“I think we may have reached the point of change. Within two to three steps, we see right-to-right decisions on the left-hand side of each of the political issues of our time,” he says. “Voting, guns, abortion, religion.”

The court’s view could be “completely changed,” he warns.

Gorstein adds: “It is better and better for the judges to say publicly that their decisions reflect their philosophies, not their own political party, but if the ruling philosophers on the right bring out the favorable republics, and the left-wing philosophers always. to persuade the public that there is a difference between the two. ”

Abortion rights can be at risk

Three members of the court issued a non-partisan text message in a speech last month, but it seems to be working. The Court, in two large and two votes, has taken a major step. The Gallup election, for example, found that public approval for court action was down to a new 40%, including “a minority of Republicans, Democrats and Independents.”

Proponents of her case have been working to make the actual transcript of this statement available online. Because the law was written to make it difficult to challenge, five judges in a majority said this was not the time for scrutiny. But that has not changed the fact that the court, through its decision not to intervene, has allowed almost all abortions banned in Texas for the foreseeable future.

At the same time the court that’s it scheduled to hear controversy in December over a Mississippi law banning abortion after 15 weeks. That moment is a challenge facing Roe v. Wade and the subsequent elections, announced that women have a constitutional right to terminate a pregnancy until such time as the baby can live outside the womb – at 24 weeks.

There are several ways in which a court can decide a Mississippi case: narrow or full. Gradually it can control the serious flaws in public opinion. However, despite the court’s decision to abolish abortion rights, the effects of these measures can be compared to those of a frog thrown into hot water on a stove. She doesn’t know if she cooks.

The Court Revises Second Rights

If abortion represents about half the century of the Supreme Court, guns do not. In 2008 the court ruled for the first time that people had a constitutional right to own a firearm in their homes for self-defense. But beyond that rule, for all that works, the court is silent. Now, for the first time in more than a decade the court has accepted serious opposition to existing gun laws. The lawsuit was filed by gun owners in violation of New York law, which requires a person who wants to carry a firearm out of the house to obtain a valid license, issued by the local authorities, after proving that “there is a valid reason,” or wanting to carry a firearm. the issue because it said they have no need to carry weapons outside the home to defend themselves.

The Supreme Court upholds Roman Martinez says the Second Amendment document protects the right to custody and bere hands. But he also points to the historical record of events from the time of its inception. New York State, he says, “has laid out more and more evidence to prove that there were indeed these laws on the right to carry weapons out of the country” long before that.

The Court is friendly to religious rights groups

After the gun is a word, there is a religion. Especially restrictions on paying taxes to religious schools. Before the court there is a case from Maine which gives the case a lot of attention. Maine is a rural area. It has about 220 so-called administrative districts, small towns. Of those, more than half are too young to have public schools. But Maine law requires cities to provide education for all young people. Under state law, towns may agree to a nearby public school or private school to pick up their students, or a city can pay for a public or private school that is selected by the parent. There is only one option. Education can only be paid for at a non-academic school, so that taxpayers are not used to paying religious fees.

For generations, the Supreme Court has set up a huge wall of division between church and state when it comes to national money. But as the court continued to maintain more vigilance, it continued to view these restrictions as discriminatory.

“It will be difficult for Maine to file a lawsuit to force a court case that has a higher interest rate than this one,” said former Attorney General Jeffrey Wall, who worked under the Trump administration.

SCOTUSblog’s Goldstein states that conservative judges may face competition at this time. One is that if the general public’s mistrust of the court as a court grows, the other two branches may open a dispute-change to change the status and structure of the court. That seems like a long way off, right now. But according to Goldstein, “on the other hand, security guards feel a lot more about these things. They really think Roe was wrongly selected, that there are fewer gun rights, and more divisions between church and state.”

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