The Supreme Court may be on the verge of overturning a landmark decision on birth control.
The court will hear arguments on whether the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, gives women the right to end their pregnancies in some circumstances.
The decision, which will be released Monday, is a significant blow to abortion rights advocates who say it will put the nation on a slippery slope.
The Supreme Supreme Court is expected to announce a decision on the issue next week.
For now, though, women are finding new ways to terminate pregnancies in other ways, from using a surgical scissors to an intrauterine device or an IUD.
The case involves the case of a woman who lives in Alabama and wanted to terminate her pregnancy but was denied a Medicaid plan.
The Alabama Supreme Court ruled in May that she was legally entitled to have an abortion under the law.
In a decision released Monday the Alabama Supreme court ruled that the state’s ban on abortion coverage for women with pre-existing conditions violates the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment.
The ruling comes after years of fighting abortion restrictions, which included a controversial law enacted in 2015.
“Alabama has always allowed women access to safe, legal abortion, and Alabama is committed to upholding women’s constitutional right to an abortion,” said attorney Sarah Wollenberg, who is representing the Alabama woman in the case.
The woman in question, Kayla Williams, lives in the southern city of Montgomery.
She was born with Down syndrome and the Alabama law barring abortion coverage didn’t apply to her because of her disability, according to a press release from the ACLU of Alabama.
In the ruling released Monday by the ACLU, the court noted that a woman in Alabama with Down’s syndrome has an average life expectancy of 47.2 years.
But the Alabama case doesn’t apply in the same way as a woman with Down, the release said.
A woman with a fetal heart defect or a birth defect that makes it impossible for a fetus to develop an internal placenta is not considered a person, and so is not entitled to the same protections afforded to other Americans.
In Alabama, the state also has a provision in its health insurance coverage law that makes insurance companies exempt from covering abortions for the same reasons as other covered conditions.
The state’s abortion restrictions do not apply to women who have already had abortions, which means that they cannot get the coverage.
“If a woman is able to get coverage, it’s a woman’s right to abortion,” Wollenburg said.
The new ruling, which comes after the Supreme Court legalized abortion in June, is expected later this year.