Often, Supreme Court cases that students review and use to make judgments in their essays are those the court has ruled on. However, those they choose not to rule on can be as important. In this article, the Supreme Court decided not to hear a case from Oklahoma regarding medically-induced abortions. A law had been passed limiting the use of medically induced abortions which was then struck down by Oklahoma’s highest court; the Supreme Court were asked to review this, but declined and therefore allowed the original decision to stand.
This was seen as a victory for pro-choice campaigners and perhaps it could be seen as an unusual decision from the Roberts Court which is so often labelled as ‘conservative’. But in choosing not to see the case, the Supreme Court could be argued to have had as big an impact on US politics as they could have had in hearing the case.