Abortion, affirmative action, gun control, and religious liberty are all on the US Supreme Court’s docket in 2022. Four issues that for years have been among the country’s most heated political debates could all see dramatic, life-altering, workplace-changing policy shifts under a high court that now has six conservative-leaning justices and three more liberal-sided ones.
The high-stake cases come at a tumultuous time for both the nation and the court itself. As the COVID-19 pandemic enters its third year, the Supreme Court has faced accusations of partisanship like never before. Recent decisions, including the court’s refusal to block the Texas “heartbeat bill,” have also signaled that the court may be willing to overturn long-standing precedent, turning rights that once seemed entrenched in society into uncertainties.
But how did we get to these cases—three of which have already been argued but not yet decided—in the first place, and what do they mean for Americans? Here, BU Today, with the help of Boston University School of Law professors, breaks down the major decisions SCOTUS is considering in 2022 and their potential implications.
is a Pacific Northwest native and a BU alum (COM’16). After earning a BS in journalism, she spent four years at Boston magazine writing, copyediting, and managing production for all publications. These days, she covers campus happenings, current events, and more for BU Today. Fun fact: she’s still using her Terrier card from 2013. When she’s not writing about campus, she’s trying to lose her Terrier card so BU will give her a new one. She lives in Cambridge with her plants.