Washington — Nearly 50 years after the Supreme Court established a constitutional right to an abortion, the prospect of a ruling that allows more limits on the procedure has come into focus in the days since the justices weighed the constitutionality of a Mississippi law banning abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy. A decision from the Supreme Court is not expected until summer 2022, but groups on both sides of the battle are already preparing to open a new front. During oral arguments that spanned nearly two hours, the conservative justices seemed open to upholding the Mississippi law at the center of the dispute, which would pave the way for states to enact more stringent abortion laws. The arguments in the case, known as Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization, was the culmination of a decades-long campaign from anti-abortion rights advocates pushing for the 1973 decision in Roe v. Wade to be overturned. With the election of former President Donald Trump in 2016 and his appointment of three justices who expanded the court's conservative majority to 6-3, the goal of dismantling Roe became more attainable. In the run-up to the Supreme Court hearing the Mississippi case, Susan B. Anthony List, an organization that works to elect politicians who oppose abortion, rolled out a $10 million television and digital ad campaign in the District of Columbia and battleground states to educate people about the legal fight. The organization also has a canvassing operation active in six states. "In June, if we get the decision we're hoping for, we will have already been talking to Americans in battleground states in particular about the impact that this Dobbs case is going to have on their election and on the whole country," said Mallory Quigley, the group's vice president of communications. "This has been a years-long effort to try and educate people." Coinciding with arguments in the Mississippi case last week, the Family Policy Alliance, a conservative organization, launched a campaign to prepare for a possible decision overturning or gutting Roe, which includes a multi-pronged effort focused on education and mobilization of voters. Republican-led states have been preparing for the Supreme Court to overturn Roe. A dozen already have so-called "trigger bans" on the books, in which most abortions would be outlawed in the event of a ruling reversing the 50-year-old decision. The Guttmacher Institute, an abortion rights research organization, estimates 26 states are poised to attempt to ban abortion if Roe is scrapped or weakened, which could affect 36 million women of reproductive age. On the other side of the abortion debate, though, 14 states and the District of Columbia have passed laws protecting the right to an abortion, either by codifying the right or allowing abortions before fetal viability. "What the next year w . . . read the full article here.