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U.S. SUPREME COURT

The 6-3 decision is a symbolic victory for those who seek a larger role for prayers and religion in the public schools.
The sweeping ruling by the court, with a 6-3 conservative majority, was set to alter American life, with nearly half the states considered certain or likely to ban abortion.
Photos taken by The Sun's John M. Steiner in Washington, D.C.
In the fall of the 1971, when the abortion case was heard for the first time, the justices were focused on an equally momentous clash over the fate of the death penalty.

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Just hours after Justice Antonin Scalia's 2016 death, then-Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell issued a statement saying he would not permit a hearing or a vote on President Barack Obama's nominee to fill the seat. It was an unprecedented move in modern history to refuse to even consider a president's pick.
"This cruel ruling is outrageous and heart-wrenching. But make no mistake: the rights of women and all Americans are on the ballot this November." -- Nancy Pelosi "Today, Life Won. By overturning Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court of the United States has given the American people a new beginning for life, and I commend the justices in the majority for having the courage of their convictions. -- Former Vice President Mike Pence
If we could set aside our feelings about abortion for a moment — a tall ask, I know, given how passionate we all are on this issue — perhaps we could recognize that the Court is doing something extraordinary.
South Dakota is one of 13 states with what's known as a trigger law, meaning the state enacts an abortion ban under its own authority when the Supreme Court overturns its 1973 Roe v. Wade decision.
The court, in a 6-3 ruling powered by its conservative majority, upheld a Republican-backed Mississippi law that bans abortion after 15 weeks.
The court's conservative majority said in a 6-3 ruling that the Constitution puts these decisions in the hands of gun owners, not with local officials, county sheriffs or others who fear that too many guns on the street are a threat to public safety.

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The nine justices are weighing whether to revive Mississippi's ban on abortion starting at 15 weeks of pregnancy, a law blocked by lower courts as clearly in violation of the Roe v. Wade precedent.
The scene at the court has become more tense following protests and threats against some justices prompted by the May leak of a draft opinion indicating they are set to overturn the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling.
The U.S. Justice Department began providing increased security at the justices' homes in May after the draft opinion leak, with the U.S. Marshals Service providing around-the-clock security.

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