This morning, the Supreme Court term begins, with three major constitutional topics on its agenda: abortion, guns and religious freedom. In the coming weeks, Americans are going to be hearing a lot more about each of these issues and the specific court cases that have brought them before the highest court in the land.

Court scholar Morgan Marietta at the University of Massachusetts Lowell summarizes each of the three situations and explains how the court has handled these topics before. Think of it as a brief for the upcoming court term, to find your bearings before the show actually begins.

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As October begins, the Supreme Court opens its new term. AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana

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Morgan Marietta, University of Massachusetts Lowell

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