Amicus is the American Bar Association, the largest voluntary association of attorneys and legal professionals in the world.
The brief explains that, if granted, Mississippi’s request that the Court overturn Roe v. Wade would severely undermine the rule of law and gender equality, two principles core to the ABA’s mission.
The ABA argues that stare decisis requires the Court to adhere to longstanding precedent recognizing an individual’s liberty right to decide whether or not to continue a pregnancy. Reasons to apply stare decisis include the decision’s repeated reaffirmance, its successful application, its centrality to the understanding of constitutionally protected liberty, and because Roe and Casey have engendered important reliance interests, including for women in the legal profession.
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This brief was one of over 50 amicus briefs filed supporting this Supreme Court case, which challenges Mississippi’s 15-week abortion ban. For more information on the case, go to Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization.