The Supreme Court hears oral arguments Wednesday in a case that could result in the repeal of Roe v. Wade, the decision legalizing abortion nationwide that's been at the center of American politics for nearly 50 years.

Here are the key details:

How to listen and follow along
Arguments begin at 10 a.m. ET.

The court still doesn't allow TV cameras, but it has finally relented on live audio. You can listen on CNN.com and follow along with our live coverage.

What is the Mississippi law at issue?

It bars most abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy, a standard that violates Roe v. Wade. It's one of several laws passed in various states with the purpose of getting the Supreme Court to hear a direct challenge to Roe.

The 5th US Circuit Court of Appeals -- perhaps the most conservative appeals court in the country -- blocked the law, saying it violated Roe and Supreme Court precedent. Mississippi appealed to the Supreme Court, which agreed last spring to hear the case.

What does Roe say?
Roe guaranteed a woman's right to obtain an abortion nationwide, using a trimester approach.

For the first trimester of pregnancy, the court said the abortion decision should be left to the woman and her physician; for the second trimester, a state could regulate the abortion procedure in ways reasonably related to the woman's health; for the final trimester, after fetal viability, the state could promote its "important and legitimate interest in potential life" and ban abortion except when necessary for the woman's life or health.
Source: CNN
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