Editor’s Note: Mary Ziegler (@maryrziegler) is the author of “Abortion and the Law in America: Roe v. Wade to the Present” and the forthcoming book “Dollars for Life: The Antiabortion Movement and the Fall of the Republican Establishment.” Aziza Ahmed (@AzizaAhmed) is the author of the forthcoming book “Feminism’s Medicine: Law, Science, and Social Movements in the AIDS Response.” The views expressed in this commentary are their own. Read more opinion articles on CNN.

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Often, the fate of Roe v. Wade looms over the confirmation hearing of any prospective Supreme Court justice. This time feels different. This week, Ketanji Brown Jackson takes questions from the Senate Judiciary Committee as the Supreme Court continues to deliberate whether it will undermine the fundamental right to abortion when it rules on a Mississippi statute that bans abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy.

Mary Ziegler