5 Pro-Life Cases to Watch as the Supreme Court Begins Its New Term
This week, the U.S. Supreme Court begins its new term which will continue through next June. As the nine justices meet about which cases from the thirteen lower Courts of Appeals to take up, only the most weighty and controversial issues will rise to the top.
Following a summer which brought unprecedented attention to the issue of abortion, several cases yet to be granted review have people on the right, left and center all closely watching the Supreme Court.
Abortion providers have filed lawsuit after lawsuit, making arguments against the law’s higher safety standards. One case, backed by an abortion center in El Paso along with several Planned Parenthood clinics, has prevailed before lower-court judges… and now it may be heard before the nation’s highest court.
On Monday, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton requested that the Supreme Courtuphold the lower court’s ruling which would “protect the health and welfare of Texas women.”
2. Mississippi Abortion Clinic Sues to Thwart State Regulations
Case: Currier v. Jackson Woman’s Health Organization
From 5th Circuit Court of Appeals
Last Action:May 7, 2015
In another contentious case of an appeals court reversing a state law, a Mississippi abortion center says its providers should be exempt from health and safety requirements all other physicians must meet. The law passed the Mississippi House by 80-37 on March 13, 2012, yet has been held up in court ever since.
Dr. Brent Boles, a practicing OB-GYN who has admitting privileges at a nearby hospital, explains the law from a clinical point of view: “In the vast majority of cases in which patients have experienced complications during or after abortions, the patient gets no help from the center. Women often present to an emergency room and see doctors who have no prior experience in handling the complications of abortion.”
Many speculate that this case, wherein public-interest legal group Alliance Defending Freedom backs Mississippi, will be granted review by the Supreme Court.
SOURCE: BOUND4LIFE After 10 years on staff at The Heritage Foundation and Focus on the Family, Josh M. Shepherd currently serves in communications at Bound4LIFE International – a grassroots movement to pray for the ending of abortion and for revival worldwide. He earned a degree in Business Marketing from the University of Colorado. He and his wife Terri live in the Washington, DC area.