A broad range of experts and leaders in constitutional law, health care, government, and civil rights have filed amicus briefs in two cases challenging Texas’s unconstitutional law, Senate Bill 8 (S.B. 8), which bans abortion at approximately six weeks of pregnancy.
The cases–Whole Woman’s Health v. Jackson, filed by the Center and its partners, and United States v. Texas, filed by the U.S. Department of Justice – will be heard together by the Supreme Court on November 1, 2021.
More than 16 briefs were filed in support of the arguments that S.B. 8’s unconstitutional scheme is a threat to the rule of law and other constitutional rights, and harms people’s health and wellbeing. Briefs written by over 22 State Attorneys General, 30 local governments, and 128 current and former prosecutors and law enforcement leaders explain the grave harm S.B. 8 inflicts on people, health care systems, and the justice system.
In Whole Woman’s Health et. al. v. Jackson et. al., the Supreme Court will decide whether federal courts have the power to review Texas’s abortion ban. In United States v. Texas, the Supreme Court will decide whether the United States government has the authority to bring this case against the State of Texas.
Please click on the categories below to link to the amicus briefs filed.
Note: Briefs were filed in support of both cases unless otherwise specified.
Government Officials Briefs
Providers and Patients Briefs
Legal Arguments Briefs
American Bar Association (United States case only)
Constitutional Law, Federal Courts, Civil Rights, and Civil Procedure Scholars (Whole Woman’s Health case only)
Constitutional Scholars (United States case only)
Firearms Policy Coalition (Whole Woman’s Health case only)
Integrity of the Court (Whole Woman’s Health case only)
Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law and 11 Other Civil Rights Organizations (Whole Woman’s Health case only)
NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund (Whole Woman’s Health case only)