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US Supreme Court declines to take up case concerning the personhood of unborn babies

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On Tuesday, the U.S. Supreme Court refused to rule on whether babies in the womb are people and therefore entitled to constitutional rights and protections in the wake of the June Dobbs ruling, which overturned Roe v. Wade. The appeal that the court declined to hear was in response to a lower court's May 4 ruling, which found that unborn babies did not constitute "persons" who could bring legal claims.

A lawyer for the plaintiffs, Diane Messere Magee, wrote on Tuesday, "While we are extremely disappointed with this outcome, we are confident that #SCOTUS will eventually have to answer the question in the future."

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