Abortion rights protesters took abortion pills on the steps of the Supreme Court as justices prepared to hear a challenge to Roe v. Wade

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Protesters, demonstrators and activists gather in front of the U.S. Supreme Court as the justices hear arguments in Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health, a case about a Mississippi law that bans most abortions after 15 weeks, on December 01, 2021.Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images
  • SCOTUS heard arguments for Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health on December 1, a case that could overturn Roe v. Wade and thus federal abortion rights.

  • Anti-abortion and pro-choice protestors were outside the Supreme Court early in the morning ahead of the hearings.

  • 4 protestors took abortion pills, commonly used to have an abortion at home, while outside, a Twitter photo shows.

Anti-abortion and pro-abortion protestors gathered outside of the Supreme Court on December 1 as SCOTUS prepared to hear arguments for Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization, a case that could overturn the 1973 decision that allowed people to seek abortions with limited government intervention.

Outside the court, protestors championing reproductive rights took abortion pills, which are commonly used to terminate a pregnancy at home.

Caroline Kitchener, a Washington Post journalist reporting from outside the Supreme Court, shared a photo of the moment on Twitter early Wednesday morning.

"A group of four abortion rights protestors are taking abortion pills right now, at the foot of the Court," Kitchener wrote on Twitter.

According to Kitchener, the protestors said, "Abortion pills are in our hands, and we won't stop."

The future of abortion rights hangs in the balance

SCOTUS will consider Wednesday's arguments and make a final decision about the future of abortion rights closer to the summer.

The case, Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization, concerns Mississippi's ban on abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy. Jackson Women's Health, the last abortion clinic in Mississippi, sued the state, saying the ban was unconstitutional because it ignored precedent.

With SCOTUS' 1973 Roe v. Wade decision, the Court ruled it was legal to seek and obtain an abortion with limited government intervention.

Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health is the first case SCOTUS heard since judge Amy Coney Barrett joined the bench and cemented a conservative majority.

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