Amici are organizations from a broad range of religious traditions and faiths that are dedicated to protecting a person’s moral authority to terminate a pregnancy in consultation with their faith, values, and conscience, including Catholics for Choice, National Council of Jewish Women, Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice, and over 50 other organizations.
Amici present the different views about when life begins held by the diverse mix of religious groups in this country and show that there is substantial agreement among many religious traditions that people have a moral right to make their own decisions on whether to terminate a pregnancy in accordance with their faith and conscience.
Amici argue that the Mississippi abortion ban offends values of religious pluralism and religious freedom by imposing the view of certain faiths upon all people in the state. And, because the ban will disproportionately harm poor people and women of color, it undermines their religious traditions that embrace serving and supporting poor and other marginalized communities.
Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP is pro bono counsel.
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.