Amici are Campaña Nacional Por El Aborto Libre, Segura y Accessible (National Campaign for Free, Safe and Accessible Abortion), and other Puerto Rican organizations.
Amici argue that the Court’s precedent prohibiting pre-viability abortion bans is essential to women’s reproductive autonomy and anything less would create a “jurisprudence of doubt.”
Amici contend that upholding the Mississippi ban or otherwise opening the door to pre-viability abortion bans would degrade Puerto Rican women’s reproductive autonomy. Amici shed light on the history of government control over Puerto Rican women’s reproduction, the modern-day barriers and inequities that continue to block reproductive health access for women in Puerto Rico, and why allowing pre-viability bans would resurrect and compound these harms and thwart Puerto Rican’s constitutional right to control their own bodies.
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.