Supreme Court to tackle race, abortion in new term
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Abortion and race: The two most divisive social issues of recent decades will get high-profile hearings this fall before the U.S. Supreme Court.
The justices begin their new term Monday but will postpone hearing arguments for a day in observance of Yom Kippur.
The Supreme Court is proceeding forcefully under new Chief Justice John Roberts. In addition to abortion and affirmative action, the docket includes meaty issues such as immigration, a attempt to limit multimillion dollar jury awards, a criminal defendant's fair trial rights and the government's ability to control smog.
"In the term that's about to start, the Supreme Court has really stepped into the biggest social issues of the day," observed Thomas Goldstein, an attorney who has argued numerous cases before the high court.
Goldstein added that conservatives on the court may be looking to scale back some of the more liberal rulings of the past. "They may cut back on programs that look like affirmative action and expand the power of government to regulate abortion," he said.
Most of the attention will be focused on a federal law banning a controversial procedure that critics call "partial birth" abortion.
This could be a very scary term in regards to abortion, affirmative action, and the environment goes.