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The US supreme court will consider gutting the constitutional right to abortion, agreeing on Monday to hear Mississippi’s bid to ban the procedure in almost all cases after 15 weeks of pregnancy.

The move suggests the court’s strengthened conservative wing may be ready to roll back the landmark 1973 Roe vs Wade ruling, which legalised abortion nationwide. The court will hear arguments in the nine-month term that starts in October. It will be its first abortion case since Justice Amy Coney Barrett was confirmed. The decision to take the case required the votes of four justices...

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