US Supreme Court to review abortion gag rule, rejects election challenge
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US Supreme Court to review abortion gag rule, rejects election challenge

The US Supreme Court granted review Monday in cases ranging from reproductive healthcare funding to the Armed Career Criminal Act of 1984 and also rejected a challenge to the 2020 election.

The court granted review of three cases that it consolidated: American Medical Association v. Cochran, Cochran v. Mayor and City Council of Baltimore and Oregon v. Cochran. The cases will decide whether the Trump administration’s “gag rule,” which prevented healthcare providers receiving federal dollars from performing abortions and providing abortion counseling, is arbitrary and capricious.

The court also granted review in Wooden v. United States. The issue before the court is an interpretation of the often-litigated Armed Career Criminal Act. The court will decide if a series of crimes committed as part of a single criminal spree, but sequentially in time, were part of “committed on occasions different from one another.”

The cases have yet to be scheduled for oral argument.

Additionally, the Supreme Court declined to hear a post-election case about the constitutionality of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s interpretation of the state constitution. The petitioners in Republican Party of Pennsylvania v. Degraffenreid argued that the state legislature alone has the power to create new election rules, therefore voiding any changes made by the state supreme court. Justices Clarence Thomas, Neil Gorsuch and Samuel Alito dissented from the court’s decision not to hear the case.