Rikelman was clear about this during a press conference hours after oral arguments concluded. “The types of arguments that the state is making could absolutely be made against a host of other rights,” she said, “because the state is arguing that people’s liberty should be limited to the laws that were enforced in 1868.”

“That is just a very dangerous argument,” she added, and not one the Supreme Court has accepted to date. “It would mean that the historical discrimination against groups that were considered unequal in the 1800s, including women, would continue. And that cannot be true under our Constitution.”

Brewer, the clinic director in Jackson, was asked during the press conference what she thought would happen to women in Mississippi if the court overturned Roe. “That’s going to affect women everywhere,” she said. “But in Mississippi, where our health care is already the worst, our education is already one of the worst, you know, you can’t take stuff away from people and expect the situation to be better.”

“The same people who are taking these rights away from women are not even willing to help women to become better, to better themselves or to lift them up,” she continued. “You cannot expect a good outcome from this. And when it’s not a good outcome, when it’s worse, who’s going to raise their hand and take the blame for it?”