California Attorney General Becerra leads multi-state brief challenging restrictive abortion laws
January 29, 2020 – SACRAMENTO – California Attorney General Xavier Becerra and Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul yesterday led a multi-state coalition by filing a amicus brief to the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals challenging the constitutionality of several recently enacted abortion bans in Missouri in Reproductive health services c. Parenthood planning in Saint-Louis. Planned Parenthood of St. Louis, which provides the only remaining abortion services in Missouri, and its chief medical officer, Dr. Colleen McNicholas, seek to overturn two state laws that would severely restrict women’s rights and create barriers to safe and legal abortion. The multistatic coalition argues that these laws are unconstitutional restrictions on women’s right to choose.
“No government, state or federal, has the right to make personal decisions for a woman about her body or her health care,” said Attorney General Becerra. “Missouri’s anti-choice laws are blatantly unconstitutional and leave Missouri women with no options in the state for safe and legal abortion care. We will continue to support women and the Constitution to protect their access to comprehensive health care. “
Missouri recently enacted a number of anti-choice laws designed to deny women access to abortion care in the state. These unconstitutional measures include a so-called “ban on reason” and several “gestational age bans” that make it a crime for doctors to perform abortions at or after 8, 14, 18 and 20 weeks – before the stage of pregnancy. viability recognized by the Supreme Court and, in some cases, women even knew they were pregnant. The passage of these laws has sparked outrage as they are blatant attempts to undermine Roe vs. Wade.
In August 2019, Planned Parenthood of St. Louis obtained a preliminary injunction in district court ending Missouri’s attempt to criminalize the practice of abortions. After the state of Missouri appealed the decision to the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals, the district court issued an additional order barring the state from enforcing the so-called “ban on reason.” , which was then appealed by Missouri. The California-Illinois-led coalition argues the law is unconstitutional, does not promote health care for women, and denies women access to legal and safe abortions.
Today’s brief is Attorney General Becerra’s latest effort in the fight to protect women’s reproductive rights:
- On January 7, 2020, Attorney General Becerra led a multi-state coalition submission of an amicus brief in support of a lawsuit challenging four restrictive Arkansas laws;
- On December 3, 2019, Attorney General Becerra joined a coalition of 22 attorneys general in submission of an amicus brief support a constitutional challenge to a Louisiana law requiring abortion providers to maintain hospital admitting privileges;
- On October 4, 2019, Attorney General Becerra led a coalition of 20 attorneys general in submission of an amicus brief challenge the near total ban on abortion in Mississippi Jackson’s Women’s Health Organization, et al. v. Mississippi Department of Health State Health Officer, et al .;
- On April 12, 2019, Attorney General Becerra led a coalition of 22 attorneys general in submission of an amicus brief in support of a lawsuit filed by the Jackson Women’s Health Organization in Mississippi; and
- On September 4, 2018, Attorney General Becerra led a coalition of 18 attorneys general in submission of an amicus brief challenging an anti-choice law in Ohio in the Preterm-Cleveland case, et al. v. Himes.
Attorneys General of Illinois, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Nevada, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, of Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia and Washington State join Attorney General Becerra. and the District of Columbia.
A copy of the brief is available here.
Source: CA. DOJ