Amici are established legal scholars with expert knowledge of the European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms (ECHR) and the jurisprudence of the European Court of Human Rights.
The brief explains that abortion is legal and widely available in most of the 47 Member States of the Council of Europe.
The brief outlines that the ECHR does not recognize a right to life before birth. Restrictions on access to abortion implicate the rights of pregnant people to private life and the right to be free from torture, inhuman or degrading treatment of punishment as protected by the ECHR. The brief demonstrates that European and international consensus has strengthened in favor of broad access to abortion.
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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.