The U.S. Supreme Court's new term starts Monday, and it could take up cases involving abortion, union fees, birth control coverage requirements under the Affordable Care Act, affirmative action in college admissions and state voting districts.
Supreme Court observers are predicting more conservative wins this term compared to the previous session, during which the court issused decisions on high-profile cases that legalized same-sex marriage and upheld the ACA's health insurance subsidies.
This time around, the justices could hear a case from Texas challenging the tough abortion regulations recently adopted in that state and another brought by religious-oriented nonprofit groups seeking an exemption from the ACA's provisions on birth control insurance coverage.
Another case that could go before the nation's high court centers around whether requiring non-union, public sector workers to pay union "fair share" fees as a stipulation of their employment violates their First Amendment rights. Additionally, the court could consider cases involving the University of Texas at Austin's race-conscious admissions policy and one questioning whether state legislative districts should be drawn based on total population, the most commom technique used across the nation, or the total population of eligible voters.