In the Courts https://reproductiverights.org/taxonomy/term/100/all en Federal Appeals Court Reverses Ruling that Blocked Arkansas Abortion Restrictions https://reproductiverights.org/press-room/federal-appeals-court-reverses-ruling-blocked-arkansas-abortion-restrictions <span>Federal Appeals Court Reverses Ruling that Blocked Arkansas Abortion Restrictions</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/527" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" content="nfranco@reprorights.org">nfranco@repror…</span></span> <span>Fri, 08/07/2020 - 13:39</span> <div class="field field--name-field-new-ty field--type-entity-reference field--label-visually_hidden"> <h2 class="field__label visually-hidden">News Type</h2> <div class="field__item"><a href="/press-room/press-releases" hreflang="en">Press Releases</a></div> </div> <br class="clear" /> <div class="field field--name-field-subhead field--type-string field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">Subhead</div> <div class="field__item">The lawsuit, brought by the ACLU and the Center for Reproductive Rights, challenges multiple state laws that push abortion care out of reach</div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-primary-content field--type-entity-reference-revisions field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">Primary Content</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--text paragraph--view-mode--default"> <div class="field field--name-field-formatted-text field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><p><span><span><span><span>The Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals </span></span><span><span><a href="http://reproductiverights.org/sites/default/files/2020-08/AR%20Omnibus%208th%20Cir%20PI%20Reversal.pdf"><span><span>ruled</span></span></a></span></span><span><span> today in a challenge to various Arkansas laws designed to push abortion care out of reach, reversing the lower court’s decision to block the laws, and sending the case back to the lower court for further proceedings in light of the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent decision in </span></span><span><span><a href="https://reproductiverights.org/press-room/supreme-court-follows-precedent-victory-abortion-rights"><em><span><span><span><span><span>June Medical Services v. Russo</span></span></span></span></span></em></a></span></span><span><span>.   </span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>Today’s decision lifts the lower court’s preliminary injunction and sends the case back down to the district court for further consideration in light of the Supreme Court’s recent abortion decision. The ruling will not take effect for 21 days, meaning the laws will remain blocked until August 28.   </span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>The laws at issue in this case were passed to: </span></span></span></span></p> <ul> <li><span><span><span><span><span>ban a safe and medically proven abortion method;</span></span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span><span>require the patient notify their partner or other family members and effectively allow them to block their abortion;</span></span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span><span>create new, needless, and burdensome requirements to report a patient’s abortion to local police in a way that invades the patient and family’s medical privacy — on top of the already robust mandatory reporting to state authorities; and</span></span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span><span>force doctors to request a vast number of medical records with no medical justification, all in an attempt to burden providers, violate physician-patient confidentiality, and delay or outright block care.</span></span></span></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span><span><span><span>If allowed to take effect, these restrictions would completely block many people from obtaining abortion care and would eventually leave the state with even more limited abortion care.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>“We are disappointed with today’s decision, but we will keep fighting to prevent these egregious laws that Arkansas politicians have tried to impose on people seeking abortion in the state to ban or block them from getting care,” said <strong><span>Ruth Harlow, senior staff attorney in the ACLU’s Reproductive Freedom Project</span></strong>. “All options are on the table to keep the laws blocked after August 28.”</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>“These onerous restrictions were designed with the singular intent to take away the right to abortion and punish people for seeking care,” said <strong><span>Holly Dickson, ACLU of Arkansas legal director and interim executive director.</span></strong> “This ruling is a reminder that the fight against these extreme abortion restrictions is far from won. We are evaluating our next steps and will continue to fight to ensure these harmful and unconstitutional laws do not take effect.” </span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>“We will exhaust our legal options to make sure these laws do not take effect,” said <strong><span>Hillary Schneller, staff attorney at the Center for Reproductive Rights. </span></strong>“There is no question that these laws would make it harder to access abortion in Arkansas. The Supreme Court just weeks ago<em> </em>reaffirmed that a state cannot pass laws that unduly burden a person’s access to abortion, and that is exactly what these laws do.”</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>These laws are just four of the more than 463 restrictions states have passed on abortion since 2011. Just three months ago, the state of Arkansas moved to ban abortion procedures during the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic by labeling abortion care as non-essential, despite opposition from leading national medical groups. </span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>The lawsuit was <a href="http://reproductiverights.org/sites/default/files/2019-07/2017-06-20%20-1-%20AR%20Omnibus%20Complaint.pdf">filed</a> by the ACLU, the ACLU of Arkansas, and the Center for Reproductive Rights on behalf of Frederick W. Hopkins, M.D. M.P.H.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>###</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><strong><span><span><span>MEDIA CONTACTS: </span></span></span></strong></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>Mia Jacobs, ACLU, 201-919-0333, </span></span></span><span><span><span><a href="mailto:mjacobs@aclu.org">mjacobs@aclu.org</a></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>Channing Grate, ACLU of Arkansas, </span></span></span><span><span><span><span><a href="mailto:channing@gpsimpact.com"><span><span>channing@gpsimpact.com</span></span></a></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>Center for Reproductive Rights, 585-919-9966</span></span></span><span><span><span>,</span></span></span><strong> </strong><span><span><span><span><a href="mailto:center.press@reprorights.org"><span><span>center.press@reprorights.org</span></span></a></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-cases field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <h2 class="field__label">Cases</h2> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/case/frederick-w-hopkins-md-mph-v-larry-jegley-et-al" hreflang="en">Frederick W. Hopkins, M.D., M.P.H. v. Larry Jegley, et al.</a></div> </div> </div> <br class="clear" /> <div class="field field--name-field-related-content field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/document/ar-omnibus-8th-cir-order-reversing-pi" hreflang="en">AR Omnibus 8th Cir Order Reversing PI</a></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-issue field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <h2 class="field__label">Issues</h2> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-issues/abortion" hreflang="en">Abortion</a></div> </div> </div> <br class="clear" /> <div class="field field--name-field-region field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <h2 class="field__label">Regions</h2> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-regions/united-states" hreflang="en">United States</a></div> </div> </div> <br class="clear" /> <div class="field field--name-field-work field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <h2 class="field__label">Work</h2> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-work/in-the-courts" hreflang="en">In the Courts</a></div> </div> </div> <br class="clear" /> Fri, 07 Aug 2020 17:39:44 +0000 nfranco@reprorights.org 59285 at https://reproductiverights.org AR Omnibus 8th Cir Order Reversing PI https://reproductiverights.org/document/ar-omnibus-8th-cir-order-reversing-pi <span>AR Omnibus 8th Cir Order Reversing PI</span> <div class="field field--name-field-case-document-type field--type-entity-reference field--label-visually_hidden"> <h2 class="field__label visually-hidden">Case Document Type</h2> <div class="field__item"><a href="/document/court-opinions-orders" hreflang="en">Court Opinions &amp; Orders</a></div> </div> <br class="clear" /> <span><span lang="" about="/user/527" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" content="nfranco@reprorights.org">nfranco@repror…</span></span> <span>Fri, 08/07/2020 - 13:26</span> <div class="field field--name-field-cases field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <h2 class="field__label">Cases</h2> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/case/frederick-w-hopkins-md-mph-v-larry-jegley-et-al" hreflang="en">Frederick W. Hopkins, M.D., M.P.H. v. Larry Jegley, et al.</a></div> </div> </div> <br class="clear" /> <div class="field field--name-field-file-upload field--type-file field--label-visually_hidden crr-upload"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">File Upload</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"><a href="https://reproductiverights.org/sites/default/files/2020-08/AR%20Omnibus%208th%20Cir%20PI%20Reversal.pdf" type="application/pdf; length=254554">AR Omnibus 8th Cir PI Reversal.pdf</a></span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-issue field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <h2 class="field__label">Issues</h2> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-issues/abortion" hreflang="en">Abortion</a></div> </div> </div> <br class="clear" /> <div class="field field--name-field-region field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <h2 class="field__label">Regions</h2> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-regions/united-states" hreflang="en">United States</a></div> </div> </div> <br class="clear" /> <div class="field field--name-field-work field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <h2 class="field__label">Work</h2> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-work/in-the-courts" hreflang="en">In the Courts</a></div> </div> </div> <br class="clear" /> Fri, 07 Aug 2020 17:26:58 +0000 nfranco@reprorights.org 59284 at https://reproductiverights.org Federal Court Blocks Tennessee Abortion Bans https://reproductiverights.org/press-room/federal-court-blocks-tennessee-abortion-bans <span>Federal Court Blocks Tennessee Abortion Bans </span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/81" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">ehorwitz</span></span> <span>Fri, 07/24/2020 - 16:49</span> <div class="field field--name-field-new-ty field--type-entity-reference field--label-visually_hidden"> <h2 class="field__label visually-hidden">News Type</h2> <div class="field__item"><a href="/press-room/press-releases" hreflang="en">Press Releases</a></div> </div> <br class="clear" /> <div class="field field--name-field-subhead field--type-string field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">Subhead</div> <div class="field__item">Tennessee’s law banning abortion at nearly every stage of pregnancy is blocked while litigation continues </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-primary-content field--type-entity-reference-revisions field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">Primary Content</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--text paragraph--view-mode--default"> <div class="field field--name-field-formatted-text field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><p><span><span><strong><span><span><span><span>(PRESS RELEASE) </span></span></span></span></strong><span><span><span><span>Today, a federal district court in Tennessee <a href="https://reproductiverights.org/document/preliminary-injunction-tn-cascading-bans">issued </a>a preliminary injunction blocking parts of a new Tennessee law, including a series of  gestational age bans that would ban abortion at nearly every stage of pregnancy, starting as early as six weeks. The court also blocked a part of the law that bans abortion based on a patient’s reason for seeking abortion, including reasons related to race, sex, or a fetal diagnosis of Down syndrome.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>Abortion bans, especially those that ban the procedure before many people even know they are pregnant, threaten the health, rights, and lives of people of color disproportionately. Additionally, “</span></span></span></span><span><span><a href="https://www.guttmacher.org/evidence-you-can-use/banning-abortions-cases-race-or-sex-selection-or-fetal-anomaly"><span><span>reason bans</span></span></a><span><span>” inflict further harm by perpetuating stigma around abortions and stereotypes of Black and Brown communities, Asian Americans, and people with disabilities. Abortion patients — like all patients — should have the right to make private medical decisions with their families and their doctors, without interference from politicians.<br /> <br /> The court granted today’s preliminary injunction at the request of numerous abortion providers in the state represented by the</span></span><a href="http://reproductiverights.org/"> </a><a href="http://reproductiverights.org/"><span><span>Center for Reproductive Rights</span></span></a><span><span>, the American Civil Liberties Union, Planned Parenthood Federation of America, and the ACLU of Tennessee. Moments after Gov. Bill Lee signed the law on July 13, the court </span></span><a href="https://reproductiverights.org/press-room/tennessee-abortion-ban-blocked-federal-court-minutes-after-being-signed-law"><span><span>issued a restraining order</span></span></a><span><span> blocking the abortion</span></span> bans temporarily. Today’s injunction provides longer-term relief, blocking the bans until the lawsuit is resolved.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>In the decision, Judge William L. Campbell wrote, “Applying binding Supreme Court precedent and the factors required for the extraordinary remedy of an injunction… the Court concludes that an injunction should issue.”</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>“While we welcome today’s ruling, it is outrageous that Tennessee’s anti-abortion lawmakers chose this path,” said <strong><span>Jessica Sklarsky, lead attorney on this case and senior staff attorney at the</span></strong> <strong><span>Center for Reproductive Rights</span></strong>. “As the deep roots and tragedies of white supremacy are laid bare, and the pandemic exposes long-ignored health inequities, these anti-abortion lawmakers chose to utilize the state’s limited resources to defend clearly unconstitutional abortion bans that prey on stereotypes, disproportionately harm communities of color, and further entrench systemic racism. Rather than perpetuate these injustices, Tennessee lawmakers should focus their time and resources on policies that address them.”</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>“The courts ruling today means that our patients will be able to continue to access the healthcare they need," said <strong><span>Katy Leopard, Director of External Affairs at CHOICES, the lead plaintiff in this case.</span></strong> "The people who come to CHOICES every day to receive care deserve to make these healthcare decisions without interference from politicians.  It is unconscionable that Tennessee’s leaders have put politics above their constituents’ health and well-being.”  </span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>“It is right that the court ruled against Tennessee's abortion ban today, an unconstitutional violation of the right to abortion, rooted in misogyny and racism,” said <strong><span>Anjali Dalal, senior staff attorney at the ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project</span></strong>. "It is shameful that it took litigation to stop anti-abortion politicians from ruthlessly attacking their constituents' rights and health care, especially during a pandemic. But we will always fight to protect abortion from these attacks — and should the state move to obstruct access to care again, we will see them in court."  </span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>“As Tennessee and the rest of the country grapple with the dueling public health crises of systemic racism and COVID-19, relitigating the constitutional right to abortion is the last thing politicians should be wasting valuable time and resources on,” said <strong><span>Alexis McGill Johnson, president and CEO, Planned Parenthood Federation of America</span></strong>. “Let’s be clear — abortion bans are part of a larger, racist public health infrastructure that systematically forces people of color to navigate more barriers just to get the health care they need. Banning abortion during a pandemic when people are already suffering is an added cruelty that puts essential health care out of reach. We’ll continue fighting for our patients in Tennessee and across the country against these harmful attacks — no matter what.”</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>Just three months ago, Gov. Lee attempted to ban abortion procedures during the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic by labeling abortion care as non-essential despite<a href="https://www.aclu-tn.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/042-Amicus-Brief-American-College-of-Obstetricians-and-Gynecologists-and-other-Medical-Professionals.pdf"> </a><a href="https://www.aclu-tn.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/042-Amicus-Brief-American-College-of-Obstetricians-and-Gynecologists-and-other-Medical-Professionals.pdf"><span>opposition</span></a> from leading national medical groups. In April, that attempt was<a href="https://reproductiverights.org/press-room/appellate-court-allows-abortion-services-continue-tennessee-during-pandemic"> </a><a href="https://reproductiverights.org/press-room/appellate-court-allows-abortion-services-continue-tennessee-during-pandemic"><span>blocked in court</span></a> after a lawsuit was<a href="http://reproductiverights.org/press-room/emergency-lawsuit-filed-tennessee-keep-abortion-accessible-during-pandemic"> </a><a href="http://reproductiverights.org/press-room/emergency-lawsuit-filed-tennessee-keep-abortion-accessible-during-pandemic"><span>filed</span></a> by the same organizations litigating today’s case.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>Last year alone, 25 abortion bans were<a href="https://www.guttmacher.org/article/2019/12/state-policy-trends-2019-wave-abortion-bans-some-states-are-fighting-back"> </a><a href="https://www.guttmacher.org/article/2019/12/state-policy-trends-2019-wave-abortion-bans-some-states-are-fighting-back"><span>enacted</span></a> in 12 states, including: Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, North Dakota, Ohio, Tennessee, and Utah. The Center for Reproductive Rights, the ACLU, Planned Parenthood, and other organizations responded by filing litigation to ensure abortion remains legal in all 50 states. To date, the groups' lawsuits have stopped these illegal bans from depriving pregnant people of their constitutional right to abortion.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>Tennessee has numerous additional abortion restrictions on the books, including a ban on the use of telehealth for medication abortion; a mandatory 48-hour waiting period (which includes a requirement that forces patients to delay care by adding a medically unnecessary trip to the clinic to receive state-mandated information); limits on when state and public insurance can cover abortion services; and a requirement that minors obtain parental consent. The Center for Reproductive Rights and Planned Parenthood are <a href="https://www.tennessean.com/story/news/2019/09/23/abortion-law-tennessee-waiting-period-planned-parenthood/2385126001/"><span>litigating</span></a> another case in the state challenging the 48-hour waiting period.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>The case was filed by the Center for Reproductive Rights, Planned Parenthood Federation of America, the American Civil Liberties Union, and the ACLU of Tennessee on behalf of CHOICES Memphis Center for Reproductive Health, Planned Parenthood Tennessee and North Mississippi, Knoxville Center for Reproductive Health, carafem, and two abortion providers in Tennessee.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>####</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><strong><span><span>MEDIA CONTACTS:</span></span></strong></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>Center for Reproductive Rights:<strong> </strong><span><a href="mailto:center.press@reprorights.org">center.press@reprorights.org</a></span>, 585-919-9966</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>Planned Parenthood: </span></span></span></span><span><span><span><span><a href="mailto:media.office@ppfa.org">media.office@ppfa.org</a></span></span></span></span><span><span><span><span>, 212-261-4433</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>ACLU: </span></span></span></span><span><span> Mia Jacobs, <span><a href="mailto:mjacobs@aclu.org">mjacobs@aclu.org</a></span>, 201-919-0333</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>ACLU of Tennessee: Lindsay Kee, <span><a href="mailto:communications@aclu-tn.org">communications@aclu-tn.org</a></span>, 615-320-7142</span></span></span></span></p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-issue field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <h2 class="field__label">Issues</h2> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-issues/abortion" hreflang="en">Abortion</a></div> </div> </div> <br class="clear" /> <div class="field field--name-field-region field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <h2 class="field__label">Regions</h2> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-regions/united-states" hreflang="en">United States</a></div> </div> </div> <br class="clear" /> <div class="field field--name-field-work field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <h2 class="field__label">Work</h2> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-work/in-the-courts" hreflang="en">In the Courts</a></div> </div> </div> <br class="clear" /> Fri, 24 Jul 2020 20:49:28 +0000 ehorwitz 59273 at https://reproductiverights.org Preliminary Injunction - TN Cascading Bans https://reproductiverights.org/document/preliminary-injunction-tn-cascading-bans <span>Preliminary Injunction - TN Cascading Bans</span> <div class="field field--name-field-case-document-type field--type-entity-reference field--label-visually_hidden"> <h2 class="field__label visually-hidden">Case Document Type</h2> <div class="field__item"><a href="/document/court-opinions-orders" hreflang="en">Court Opinions &amp; Orders</a></div> </div> <br class="clear" /> <span><span lang="" about="/user/81" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">ehorwitz</span></span> <span>Fri, 07/24/2020 - 16:47</span> <div class="field field--name-field-file-upload field--type-file field--label-visually_hidden crr-upload"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">File Upload</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"><a href="https://reproductiverights.org/sites/default/files/2020-07/PI%20Opinion.pdf" type="application/pdf; length=233855" title="PI Opinion.pdf">PI Opinion </a></span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-issue field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <h2 class="field__label">Issues</h2> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-issues/abortion" hreflang="en">Abortion</a></div> </div> </div> <br class="clear" /> <div class="field field--name-field-region field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <h2 class="field__label">Regions</h2> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-regions/united-states" hreflang="en">United States</a></div> </div> </div> <br class="clear" /> <div class="field field--name-field-work field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <h2 class="field__label">Work</h2> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-work/in-the-courts" hreflang="en">In the Courts</a></div> </div> </div> <br class="clear" /> Fri, 24 Jul 2020 20:47:43 +0000 ehorwitz 59272 at https://reproductiverights.org Center Lawsuits Block Abortion Bans in Georgia and Tennessee https://reproductiverights.org/story/center-lawsuits-block-two-state-abortion-bans <span>Center Lawsuits Block Abortion Bans in Georgia and Tennessee</span> <div class="field field--name-field-subhead field--type-string field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">Subhead</div> <div class="field__item">Georgia ban ruled unconstitutional, Tennessee ban temporarily blocked</div> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/user/518" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">virginia</span></span> <span>Thu, 07/16/2020 - 17:06</span> <div class="field field--name-field-primary-content field--type-entity-reference-revisions field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">Primary Content</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--text paragraph--view-mode--default"> <div class="field field--name-field-formatted-text field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><p><span><span><span><span><span><span>On July 13, the Center for Reproductive Rights and its partners secured two important victories blocking state abortion bans in Georgia and Tennessee. </span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <h4><a href="https://reproductiverights.org/story/georgia-six-week-abortion-ban-declared-unconstitutional"><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span><span>Georgia</span></span></span></span></strong></span></span></span></a></h4> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>A federal district court </span></span></span></span><span><span><span><span><span>permanently struck down</span></span></span></span></span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span> a state law enacted in 2019 that banned abortion at six weeks.<strong> </strong></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><strong><em>Read more about the Georgia case here:</em></strong> <a href="https://reproductiverights.org/story/georgia-six-week-abortion-ban-declared-unconstitutional"><strong><em>Georgia's Six-Week Abortion Ban Declared Unconstitutional</em></strong></a></p> <h4><a href="https://reproductiverights.org/story/lawsuit-center-reproductive-rights-and-partners-blocks-tennessee-abortion-bans"><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span><span><span>Tennessee</span></span></span></span></span></strong></span></span></span></a></h4> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>A federal district court issued a temporary restraining order blocking portions of a state law that ban abortion at nearly every stage of pregnancy and if the abortion is sought for specific reasons.</span></span></span></span></span> (<em>Update:</em> </span></span></span><em><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>On July 24, the court issued a preliminary injunction in this case, </span></span></span></span></span></span>blocking the bans until the lawsuit is resolved.)</span></span></em></p> <p><strong><em>Read about the Tennessee case here:</em></strong> <strong><em> <a href="https://reproductiverights.org/story/lawsuit-center-reproductive-rights-and-partners-blocks-tennessee-abortion-bans">Lawsuit by the Center and Partners Blocks Tennessee Abortion Bans</a></em></strong></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Last year alone, 25 abortion bans were <a href="https://www.guttmacher.org/article/2019/12/state-policy-trends-2019-wave-abortion-bans-some-states-are-fighting-back"><span>enacted</span></a> in 12 states, including six-week bans in nine states. Lawsuits by the Center and other organizations have prevented these illegal bans from taking effect, and abortion care remains legal in all 50 states.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><strong><a href="https://reproductiverights.org/story/featured-stories-from-center-reproductive-rights"><em><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>More news features from the Center for Reproductive Rights &gt;&gt;&gt;</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></em></a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-issue field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <h2 class="field__label">Issues</h2> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-issues/abortion" hreflang="en">Abortion</a></div> </div> </div> <br class="clear" /> <div class="field field--name-field-region field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <h2 class="field__label">Regions</h2> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-regions/united-states" hreflang="en">United States</a></div> </div> </div> <br class="clear" /> <div class="field field--name-field-work field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <h2 class="field__label">Work</h2> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-work/in-the-courts" hreflang="en">In the Courts</a></div> </div> </div> <br class="clear" /> Thu, 16 Jul 2020 21:06:18 +0000 virginia 59266 at https://reproductiverights.org Georgia's Six-Week Abortion Ban Declared Unconstitutional https://reproductiverights.org/story/georgia-six-week-abortion-ban-declared-unconstitutional <span>Georgia&#039;s Six-Week Abortion Ban Declared Unconstitutional</span> <div class="field field--name-field-subhead field--type-string field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">Subhead</div> <div class="field__item">District court decision is the Center&#039;s second victory in one day blocking state abortion bans. </div> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/user/529" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" content="JSobel@reprorights.org">JSobel@reprori…</span></span> <span>Wed, 07/15/2020 - 10:42</span> <div class="field field--name-field-primary-content field--type-entity-reference-revisions field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">Primary Content</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--text paragraph--view-mode--default"> <div class="field field--name-field-formatted-text field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><p>“It is in the public interest, and is this court’s duty, to ensure constitutional rights are protected,” wrote a federal district court judge in a decision striking down Georgia’s six-week abortion ban.</p> <p>The ruling came on July 13 in a case brought by the Center for Reproductive Rights and its partners: Planned Parenthood Federation of America, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), and the ACLU of Georgia, which together challenged the ban.</p> <p><strong>The Georgia decision came on the same day of another Center victory, in which a</strong> <strong><a href="https://reproductiverights.org/story/lawsuit-center-reproductive-rights-and-partners-blocks-tennessee-abortion-bans">federal district court in Tennessee temporarily blocked that state's ban</a>.</strong></p> <p>The Georgia law, enacted in 2019, banned abortion from the earliest weeks of pregnancy, before many even know they are pregnant. The law never took effect since the federal district court issued a preliminary injunction blocking it in response to the lawsuit.</p> <p>The ruling in the case, <a href="https://reproductiverights.org/case/sistersong-v-kemp"><em>SisterSong v. Brian Kemp</em></a>, declared the ban in violation of <em>Roe v. Wade</em>, and permanently blocked it.</p> <p><strong>Communities of Color Especially Impacted</strong></p> <p>Abortion restrictions such as the Georgia ban disproportionately impact people of color, people with low incomes, and rural communities, who already face obstacles to accessing care. “Georgia has the worst maternal mortality rate in the country, and Black women in the state are more than three times more likely to die from pregnancy-related complications than white women,” said Emily Nestler, senior staff attorney at the Center for Reproductive Rights. “Instead of trying to ban abortion, which is a constitutional right, Georgia lawmakers should act to improve the health of pregnant women.”</p> <p>The plaintiffs in the case include seven women’s health care organizations that are active in Georgia, two of them represented by the Center: Feminist Women’s Health Center and Columbus Women’s Health Organization, P.C.</p> <p>Also among the plaintiffs are three Emory University School of Medicine professors who specialize in obstetrics and gynecology, and lead plaintiff SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective, a Southern-based activist network that fights for reproductive rights and justice.</p> <p><strong>Georgia’s Ban Is Part of an Ongoing Effort to Deny Access to Abortion</strong></p> <p>In the past decade, lawmakers have passed more than 450 state laws in an ongoing effort to legislate abortion out of existence. Last year alone, 25 abortion bans were <a href="https://www.guttmacher.org/article/2019/12/state-policy-trends-2019-wave-abortion-bans-some-states-are-fighting-back">enacted</a> in 12 states, including six-week bans in nine states.</p> <p>Lawsuits by the Center and other organizations have prevented these illegal bans from taking effect, and abortion care remains legal in all 50 states.</p> <p>More details, including legal documents and court filings, can be found on the <a href="https://reproductiverights.org/case/sistersong-v-kemp">case page on the Center’s website</a>.</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-issue field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <h2 class="field__label">Issues</h2> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-issues/abortion" hreflang="en">Abortion</a></div> </div> </div> <br class="clear" /> <div class="field field--name-field-region field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <h2 class="field__label">Regions</h2> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-regions/united-states" hreflang="en">United States</a></div> </div> </div> <br class="clear" /> <div class="field field--name-field-work field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <h2 class="field__label">Work</h2> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-work/in-the-courts" hreflang="en">In the Courts</a></div> </div> </div> <br class="clear" /> Wed, 15 Jul 2020 14:42:19 +0000 JSobel@reprorights.org 59261 at https://reproductiverights.org Lawsuit by Center for Reproductive Rights and Partners Blocks Tennessee Abortion Bans https://reproductiverights.org/story/lawsuit-center-reproductive-rights-and-partners-blocks-tennessee-abortion-bans <span>Lawsuit by Center for Reproductive Rights and Partners Blocks Tennessee Abortion Bans</span> <div class="field field--name-field-subhead field--type-string field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">Subhead</div> <div class="field__item">New Law Barred Abortion at Nearly Every Stage of Pregnancy and for Specific Reasons</div> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/user/529" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" content="JSobel@reprorights.org">JSobel@reprori…</span></span> <span>Tue, 07/14/2020 - 10:35</span> <div class="field field--name-field-primary-content field--type-entity-reference-revisions field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">Primary Content</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--text paragraph--view-mode--default"> <div class="field field--name-field-formatted-text field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><p><span lang="EN" xml:lang="EN" xml:lang="EN">In response to a lawsuit by the Center for Reproductive Rights and its partners, a federal district court has issued a temporary restraining order blocking portions of a Tennessee law that ban abortion at nearly every stage of pregnancy and if the abortion is sought for specific reasons.<br />   <br /> The bans are part of an omnibus abortion bill that the Tennessee legislature passed in the middle of the night in a closed-door session on June 19. That same day, the Center, along with Planned Parenthood Federation of American, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), and the ACLU of Tennessee challenged the portions of the bill banning abortions. The bans immediately went into effect after Governor Bill Lee’s signature on July 13, but were blocked within minutes after the district court issued a temporary restraining order banning their enforcement.</span></p> <p><span lang="EN" xml:lang="EN" xml:lang="EN">The bans prohibit abortion at a series of cascading gestational ages, beginning at just six weeks, when people may not yet know they are pregnant. They also prohibit abortion if sought “because of” the race or sex of the fetus, or potential for or diagnosis of Down syndrome. The bans lack any exceptions for rape or incest.</span></p> <p><span><span><span>"The Tennessee legislature and our Governor exhibited a truly stunning display of hypocrisy in passing this law," said Rebecca Terrell, Executive Director of CHOICES, a Memphis reproductive health center and the lead plaintiff in the case. "While they refused to fund $6 million in postnatal care for TennCare recipients, they are willing to spend millions of the state’s dollars to defend clearly unconstitutional abortion bans. In any environment but especially in the light of our current health crisis, these decisions are quite the opposite of 'pro-life.' These bans are anti-life, anti-woman, anti-Black lives, anti-poor, anti-children, anti-reason.</span></span></span><span><span> CHOICES is grateful to work alongside our partners at the Center for Reproductive Rights to challenge this law in court."</span></span></p> <p><span lang="EN" xml:lang="EN" xml:lang="EN">With the temporary restraining order, people in Tennessee will continue to be able to access legal abortion in the state while the case continues to be litigated.</span></p> <p><em>UPDATE: On July 24, the court <a href="https://reproductiverights.org/document/preliminary-injunction-tn-cascading-bans">issued a preliminary injunction</a>, providing longer-term relief by blocking the bans until the lawsuit is resolved.</em></p> <p><span lang="EN" xml:lang="EN" xml:lang="EN">“Banning abortion is blatantly unconstitutional, as the lawmakers who passed this law are well aware,” said Jessica Sklarsky, senior staff attorney at the Center for Reproductive Rights. “It is unconscionable that—in the middle of a public health crisis and a national reckoning on systemic racism—lawmakers are focused on trying to eliminate access to abortion.”</span></p> <p><span lang="EN" xml:lang="EN" xml:lang="EN">The omnibus law also eliminates certain resources for minors utilizing judicial bypass procedures to access abortion without a parent’s or guardian’s consent. And it requires abortion clinics to tell patients that medication abortions may be reversible, a claim for which there is no medical evidence. (The portion of the bill regarding “abortion reversals” does not go into effect until October 1.) </span></p> <p><span lang="EN" xml:lang="EN" xml:lang="EN"><strong>Tennessee Also Attempted to Ban Abortion During the Pandemic</strong></span></p> <p><span lang="EN" xml:lang="EN" xml:lang="EN">Tennessee attempted to ban abortion earlier this year at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic by labelling abortion care as non-essential, despite <a href="https://www.plannedparenthood.org/uploads/filer_public/99/48/994883ad-d170-47a4-8147-5a6e82e9cf0a/00515370632_-_2020-04-02_-_acog_ama_et_al_amicus_brief.pdf">opposition</a> from leading medical groups. In April, that attempt was <a href="https://reproductiverights.org/press-room/appellate-court-allows-abortion-services-continue-tennessee-during-pandemic">blocked in court</a> after a lawsuit was <a href="http://reproductiverights.org/press-room/emergency-lawsuit-filed-tennessee-keep-abortion-accessible-during-pandemic">filed</a> by the Center and the same partner organizations filing today’s case. </span></p> <p><span lang="EN" xml:lang="EN" xml:lang="EN">In the past decade, lawmakers have passed more than 450 state laws in an ongoing effort to legislate abortion out of existence. Last year alone, 25 abortion bans were <a href="https://www.guttmacher.org/article/2019/12/state-policy-trends-2019-wave-abortion-bans-some-states-are-fighting-back">enacted</a> in 12 states. The Center for Reproductive Rights, the ACLU, Planned Parenthood, and other organizations have responded by filing litigation to ensure abortion remains legal in all 50 states. To date, their lawsuits have stopped these illegal bans from depriving pregnant people of their constitutional right to abortion. </span></p> <p><span lang="EN" xml:lang="EN" xml:lang="EN">“Abortion is an essential health service, and this law clearly violates the constitutional rights of patients and disproportionately harms communities of color,” said Sklarsky. “Tennessee should stop attacking reproductive health care and instead work to implement policies that will help marginalized communities. This law does the exact opposite.” </span></p> <p><span lang="EN" xml:lang="EN" xml:lang="EN">The Center for Reproductive Rights is currently litigating approximately 30 cases challenging restrictive laws and policies.</span><br />  </p> <p> </p> <p></p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-issue field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <h2 class="field__label">Issues</h2> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-issues/abortion" hreflang="en">Abortion</a></div> </div> </div> <br class="clear" /> <div class="field field--name-field-region field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <h2 class="field__label">Regions</h2> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-regions/united-states" hreflang="en">United States</a></div> </div> </div> <br class="clear" /> <div class="field field--name-field-work field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <h2 class="field__label">Work</h2> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-work/in-the-courts" hreflang="en">In the Courts</a></div> </div> </div> <br class="clear" /> Tue, 14 Jul 2020 14:35:50 +0000 JSobel@reprorights.org 59256 at https://reproductiverights.org Federal Court Strikes Down Georgia’s 2019 Abortion Ban https://reproductiverights.org/press-room/federal-court-strikes-down-georgias-2019-abortion-ban <span>Federal Court Strikes Down Georgia’s 2019 Abortion Ban</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/527" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" content="nfranco@reprorights.org">nfranco@repror…</span></span> <span>Mon, 07/13/2020 - 16:27</span> <div class="field field--name-field-new-ty field--type-entity-reference field--label-visually_hidden"> <h2 class="field__label visually-hidden">News Type</h2> <div class="field__item"><a href="/press-room/press-releases" hreflang="en">Press Releases</a></div> </div> <br class="clear" /> <div class="field field--name-field-subhead field--type-string field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">Subhead</div> <div class="field__item">District court permanently blocks abortion ban from going into effect in a challenge from reproductive rights and justice activists, abortion providers, and reproductive rights organizations to the state’s 2019 law banning abortion.</div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-primary-content field--type-entity-reference-revisions field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">Primary Content</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--text paragraph--view-mode--default"> <div class="field field--name-field-formatted-text field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><p><span><span><span><span>A federal court permanently </span></span><a href="http://reproductiverights.org/sites/default/files/2020-07/GA%20Summary%20Judgment%20Order%20%28002%29.pdf"><span>struck down</span></a><span><span> Georgia’s 2019 six-week abortion ban in <em><span>SisterSong v. Kemp</span></em>. It is the second federal ruling today blocking a state abortion ban, coming just hours after a </span></span><a href="https://reproductiverights.org/press-room/tennessee-abortion-ban-blocked-federal-court-minutes-after-being-signed-law"><span>Tennessee ban</span></a><span><span> was blocked.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>The lawsuit was filed by the ACLU, the ACLU of Georgia, the Center for Reproductive Rights, and Planned Parenthood Federation of America in June 2019, after Georgia was one of nine states last year to pass six-week abortion bans, banning abortion from the earliest weeks of pregnancy, before many even know they are pregnant. In October 2019, the federal district court issued a preliminary injunction blocking the ban from taking effect.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>The bill, which passed by two votes, sparked widespread opposition from business leaders, the film and entertainment industry, and activists across all parts of Georgia. <span>Nearly 200 Georgia </span></span></span><a href="https://www.cnbc.com/2019/06/09/nearly-200-ceos-sign-letter-calling-abortion-bans-bad-for-business.html"><span><span><span>business leaders</span></span></span></a><span><span><span> spoke out publicly against the ban. The </span></span></span><a href="https://www.bizjournals.com/atlanta/news/2017/07/10/georgias-film-industry-generates-9-5-billion.html"><span><span><span>$9 billion</span></span></span></a><span><span><span> Georgia film and entertainment industry published letters, threatening to stop working in Atlanta if the ban was enacted.</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>The law was in clear violation of <em><span>Roe v. Wade </span></em>and nearly a half century of Supreme Court precedent. Every ban passed in 2019 remains blocked, despite continued attacks — including efforts from several states across the South and Midwest to restrict access to abortion during the COVID-19 pandemic. Today, abortion is still legal in all 50 states; though politically motivated, medically unnecessary restrictions still make access a challenge for too many.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>The organizations issued the following statements:</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><strong><span><span>Statement from Emily Nestler, senior staff attorney at the Center for Reproductive Rights:</span></span></strong><br /> <span><span><span>“This ban and the many other abortion bans being passed across the country are part of a coordinated, national strategy to overturn <em><span>Roe v. Wade</span></em></span></span></span><span><span>. A similar abortion ban in Tennessee was blocked just earlier today. These states are hellbent on denying the women in their state bodily autonomy. <span>Meanwhile, Georgia has the worst maternal mortality rate in the country. Black women in Georgia face the highest risk — they are 3.3 times more likely to die from pregnancy-related complications than white women. But instead of acting to help pregnant women, lawmakers are trying to ban abortion.”</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><strong><span><span>Statement from Monica Simpson, executive director, SisterSong</span></span></strong></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>As a reproductive justice organization based in Georgia for over 20 years, SisterSong is committed to centering and amplifying the needs of those communities historically pushed to the margins. This win is tremendous, and it is also makes a very bold statement. No one should have to live in a world where their bodies and reproductive decision making is controlled by the state. And we will continue to work to make sure that is never a reality in Georgia or anywhere else.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><strong><span><span>Statement from Kwajelyn J. Jackson, executive director, Feminist Women’s Health Center:</span></span></strong></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>“We are thrilled at this decision that confirms what we have always known to be true – that the state cannot sacrifice a person’s constitutional rights to interfere in their private health decisions regarding pregnancy. In a time when so many of us are being compelled to reassert our humanity and demand that our lives be honored, it is a relief that we can firmly say to our patients and our communities that in this moment in Georgia, abortion access is not up for debate.”</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><strong><span><span>Statement by Staci Fox, president and CEO, Planned Parenthood Southeast:</span></span></strong><br /> <span><span>"We said it from the start: Abortion bans like Georgia's are blatantly unconstitutional, and the courts reaffirmed that fact today. While people across this state and around the country are literally dying from COVID-19 and systemic racism, our leaders should be focused on expanding access to health care — not restricting it. We celebrate this victory, but we know the fight is far from over. We will not back down until access to health care — including safe, legal abortion — is recognized as a basic human right."</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><strong><span><span>Statement by Alexis McGill Johnson, president and CEO, Planned Parenthood Federation of America:</span></span></strong></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>“Georgia politicians and Governor Kemp, our message to you is clear: Banning abortion is illegal and unconstitutional. Not only that, the reality is that abortion bans are another barrier in a health care infrastructure built on systemic racism, putting basic rights out of reach for Black and Brown Georgians and pushing their freedoms further out of reach. While today is a victory for Georgia patients, we are committed to fighting back against all policies — overt or subtle — that make access to basic health care dependent on who you are or where you live.”</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><strong><span><span>Statement from Elizabeth Watson, staff attorney with the ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project:</span></span></strong></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>"Georgia's law was a blatantly unconstitutional and baseless attack on abortion, and today's ruling recognized that.Georgia has one of the worst records in the country on Black maternal mortality — but instead of addressing that deadly crisis, Governor Kemp and anti-abortion politicians would apparently rather attack Georgians' reproductive freedom by passing a ban rooted in racism and misogyny. Georgians should have the right to access safe medical care whether they have decided to end a pregnancy or carry it to term, and we will always fight to make this a reality."</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><strong><span><span>Statement from Sean J. Young, legal director, ACLU of Georgia:</span></span></strong></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>“The district court blocked Georgia’s abortion ban, because it violates over 50 years of Supreme Court precedent and fails to trust women to make their own personal decisions. This case has always been about one thing: letting her decide. It is now up to the State to decide whether to appeal this decision and prolong this lawsuit,” said Sean J. Young, legal director of the ACLU of Georgia.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>The organizations bringing forward the lawsuit are SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective, Feminist Women’s Health Center, Planned Parenthood Southeast, Inc., Atlanta Comprehensive Wellness Clinic, Atlanta Women’s Medical Center, FemHealth USA d/b/a carafem, Columbus Women’s Health Organization, P.C., Summit Medical Associates, P.C., Carrie Cwiak, M.D., M.P.H., Lisa Haddad, M.D., M.S., M.P.H., and Eva Lathrop, M.D., M.P.H.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>The defendants in the case are Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp, Attorney General Christopher M. Carr, Commissioner for the Department of Public Health Kathleen Toomey, the Executive Director and Members of the Georgia Composite Medical Board, and the District Attorneys for the counties where the plaintiffs provide medical care — all sued in their official capacities.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><em><span><span>SisterSong v. Kemp</span></span></em><span><span> was filed in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia, Atlanta Division.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>###</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><strong><span><span>MEDIA CONTACT:</span></span></strong></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>ACLU: Mia Jacobs, 201-919-0333, </span></span><a href="mailto:mjacobs@aclu.org"><span><span>mjacobs@aclu.org</span></span></a> </span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>ACLU-GA: Ana Maria Rosato, </span></span><a href="mailto:media@acluga.org"><span>media@acluga.org</span></a><span><span>, 404-302-0128</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>Center for Reproductive Rights:<strong> </strong></span></span><a href="mailto:center.press@reprorights.org"><span>center.press@reprorights.org</span></a><span><span>, 585-919-9966</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>PPFA: </span></span></span><a href="mailto:media.office@ppfa.org"><span><span><span>media.office@ppfa.org</span></span></span></a><span><span><span>, 212-261-4433</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>PPSE: Barbara Ann Luttrell, </span></span><a href="mailto:BarbaraAnn.Luttrell@ppse.org"><span><span>BarbaraAnn.Luttrell@ppse.org</span></span></a><span><span>, 334-477-8849</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>Feminist Women’s Health Center: Wula Dawson, </span></span><a href="mailto:wulad@feministcenter.org"><span>wulad@feministcenter.org</span></a><span><span>, 404-980-1315</span></span></span></span></p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-cases field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <h2 class="field__label">Cases</h2> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/case/sistersong-v-kemp" hreflang="en">SisterSong v. Kemp</a></div> </div> </div> <br class="clear" /> <div class="field field--name-field-related-content field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/document/ga-six-week-ban-summary-judgment-granted" hreflang="en">GA Six Week Ban Summary Judgment Granted</a></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-issue field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <h2 class="field__label">Issues</h2> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-issues/abortion" hreflang="en">Abortion</a></div> </div> </div> <br class="clear" /> <div class="field field--name-field-region field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <h2 class="field__label">Regions</h2> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-regions/united-states" hreflang="en">United States</a></div> </div> </div> <br class="clear" /> <div class="field field--name-field-work field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <h2 class="field__label">Work</h2> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-work/in-the-courts" hreflang="en">In the Courts</a></div> </div> </div> <br class="clear" /> Mon, 13 Jul 2020 20:27:03 +0000 nfranco@reprorights.org 59255 at https://reproductiverights.org GA Six Week Ban Summary Judgment Granted https://reproductiverights.org/document/ga-six-week-ban-summary-judgment-granted <span>GA Six Week Ban Summary Judgment Granted</span> <div class="field field--name-field-case-document-type field--type-entity-reference field--label-visually_hidden"> <h2 class="field__label visually-hidden">Case Document Type</h2> <div class="field__item"><a href="/document/court-opinions-orders" hreflang="en">Court Opinions &amp; Orders</a></div> </div> <br class="clear" /> <span><span lang="" about="/user/527" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" content="nfranco@reprorights.org">nfranco@repror…</span></span> <span>Mon, 07/13/2020 - 16:13</span> <div class="field field--name-field-cases field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <h2 class="field__label">Cases</h2> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/case/sistersong-v-kemp" hreflang="en">SisterSong v. Kemp</a></div> </div> </div> <br class="clear" /> <div class="field field--name-field-file-upload field--type-file field--label-visually_hidden crr-upload"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">File Upload</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"><a href="https://reproductiverights.org/sites/default/files/2020-07/GA%20Summary%20Judgment%20Order%20%28002%29.pdf" type="application/pdf; length=331171">GA Summary Judgment Order (002).pdf</a></span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-issue field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <h2 class="field__label">Issues</h2> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-issues/abortion" hreflang="en">Abortion</a></div> </div> </div> <br class="clear" /> <div class="field field--name-field-region field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <h2 class="field__label">Regions</h2> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-regions/united-states" hreflang="en">United States</a></div> </div> </div> <br class="clear" /> <div class="field field--name-field-work field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <h2 class="field__label">Work</h2> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-work/in-the-courts" hreflang="en">In the Courts</a></div> </div> </div> <br class="clear" /> Mon, 13 Jul 2020 20:13:09 +0000 nfranco@reprorights.org 59254 at https://reproductiverights.org Tennessee Abortion Ban Blocked by Federal Court Minutes After Being Signed into Law https://reproductiverights.org/press-room/tennessee-abortion-ban-blocked-federal-court-minutes-after-being-signed-law <span>Tennessee Abortion Ban Blocked by Federal Court Minutes After Being Signed into Law</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/527" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" content="nfranco@reprorights.org">nfranco@repror…</span></span> <span>Mon, 07/13/2020 - 13:55</span> <div class="field field--name-field-new-ty field--type-entity-reference field--label-visually_hidden"> <h2 class="field__label visually-hidden">News Type</h2> <div class="field__item"><a href="/press-room/press-releases" hreflang="en">Press Releases</a></div> </div> <br class="clear" /> <div class="field field--name-field-subhead field--type-string field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">Subhead</div> <div class="field__item">A Tennessee bill banning abortion at nearly every stage of pregnancy, which took effect earlier today after the governor signed the bill, has now been blocked in court</div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-primary-content field--type-entity-reference-revisions field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">Primary Content</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--text paragraph--view-mode--default"> <div class="field field--name-field-formatted-text field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><p><span><span><span><span><span>Today, a federal district court in Tennessee </span></span></span><span><span><a href="http://reproductiverights.org/sites/default/files/2020-07/TRO%20Granted.pdf"><span><span><span><span>issued </span></span></span></span></a></span></span><span><span><span>a temporary restraining order, blocking portions of a law signed by Gov. Bill Lee earlier today. The ruling blocks parts of the law that ban abortion at nearly every stage of pregnancy and for reasons related to race, gender, or fetal diagnosis. </span></span></span></span></span><span><span><span><span><span>The emergency restraining order was granted at the request of the</span></span></span><span><span><a href="http://reproductiverights.org/"> <span><span><span><span>Center for Reproductive Rights</span></span></span></span></a></span></span><span><span><span>, the American Civil Liberties Union, Planned Parenthood Federation of America, and the ACLU of Tennessee; they </span></span></span><span><span><a href="https://reproductiverights.org/press-room/tennessee-abortion-ban-immediately-challenged-court-center-reproductive-rights-aclu-and"><span><span><span><span>filed a lawsuit</span></span></span></span></a></span></span><span><span><span> to block the law immediately after it passed the state legislature on June 19. The ban was in effect for less than an hour today before being blocked by the court. </span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>Part of the law blocked today prohibits patients from obtaining an abortion based on their reason for seeking the procedure, including the potential for a Down syndrome diagnosis or the sex or race of the fetus. These “</span></span></span><span><span><a href="https://www.guttmacher.org/evidence-you-can-use/banning-abortions-cases-race-or-sex-selection-or-fetal-anomaly"><span><span><span><span>reason bans</span></span></span></span></a></span></span><span><span><span>” inflict harm by peddling stigma around abortions and stereotypes of Black and Brown communities, Asian Americans, and people with disabilities. Abortion patients — like all patients — should have the right to make private medical decisions with their families and their doctors, without interference from politicians.</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>The restraining order comes just weeks after the Supreme Court struck down a Louisiana law in </span></span></span><span><span><a href="https://reproductiverights.org/press-room/supreme-court-follows-precedent-victory-abortion-rights"><em><span><span><span><span><span><span>June Medical Services v. Russo</span></span></span></span></span></span></em></a></span></span><span><span><span>, which would have devastated abortion access in that state and could have affected abortion access across the country.</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>“Banning abortion is blatantly unconstitutional, and the lawmakers who passed this law are well aware,” said <strong><span>Jessica Sklarsky, senior staff attorney at the</span></strong> <strong><span>Center for Reproductive Rights</span></strong>. “It is unconscionable that — in the middle of a public health crisis and a national reckoning on systemic racism — lawmakers are focused on trying to eliminate access to abortion. Abortion is an essential health service, and this law clearly violates the constitutional rights of patients and disproportionately harms communities of color. Tennessee should stop attacking reproductive healthcare and instead work to implement policies that will help marginalized communities. This law does the exact opposite.”</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>“This is a critical win for people in Tennessee who will not lose access to their constitutional right to abortion,” said <strong><span>Anjali Dalal, senior staff attorney at the ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project. </span></strong>“But we cannot lose sight of the big picture: that it took a court order to stop these politicians from pursuing a ruthless anti-abortion agenda in the middle of a pandemic, passing a ban that would disproportionately harm Black and brown people. We would urge Tennessee’s elected officials to abandon this destructive, shameful effort and return to the job they were hired for: serving their constituents.”</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>“Today’s ruling ensures that for now, people in Tennessee can continue accessing safe, legal abortion in their home state. But while we can enjoy a moment of relief today, we can’t forget that legislators passed this dangerous abortion ban in the dead of night without any public input,” said <strong><span>Alexis McGill Johnson, president and CEO, Planned Parenthood Federation of America</span></strong>. “While the country rises up against racism, it’s important to recognize that these laws are inherently discriminatory. Abortion bans are part of a larger public health care system that targets people of color through barriers to care, and systemically erases their freedoms and bodily autonomy. Enough is enough. Banning abortion is illegal, full stop. Planned Parenthood won’t back down in the face of any attacks on our rights and freedoms. Not today, not ever.”</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>Just three months ago, Gov. Lee attempted to ban abortion procedures during the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic by labeling abortion care as non-essential, despite </span></span><span><span><a href="https://www.plannedparenthood.org/uploads/filer_public/99/48/994883ad-d170-47a4-8147-5a6e82e9cf0a/00515370632_-_2020-04-02_-_acog_ama_et_al_amicus_brief.pdf"><span><span><span>opposition </span></span></span></a></span></span><span><span>from leading national medical groups. In April, that attempt was</span></span><span><span><a href="https://reproductiverights.org/press-room/appellate-court-allows-abortion-services-continue-tennessee-during-pandemic"> <span><span><span>blocked in court</span></span></span></a></span></span><span><span> after a lawsuit was</span></span><span><span><a href="http://reproductiverights.org/press-room/emergency-lawsuit-filed-tennessee-keep-abortion-accessible-during-pandemic"> <span><span><span>filed</span></span></span></a></span></span><span><span> by the same organizations filing today’s case.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>Last year alone, 25 abortion bans were </span></span><span><span><a href="https://www.guttmacher.org/article/2019/12/state-policy-trends-2019-wave-abortion-bans-some-states-are-fighting-back"><span><span><span>enacted</span></span></span></a></span></span><span><span> in 12 states, including: Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, North Dakota, Ohio, Tennessee, and Utah. The Center for Reproductive Rights, the ACLU, Planned Parenthood, and other organizations responded by filing litigation to ensure abortion remains legal in all 50 states. To date, the groups' lawsuits have stopped these illegal bans from depriving pregnant people of their constitutional right to abortion.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>Tennessee has several additional abortion restrictions on the books, including a ban on the use of telehealth for medication abortion; a mandatory 48-hour waiting period (which includes a requirement that forces patients to delay care by adding a medically unnecessary trip to the clinic to receive state-mandated information); limits on when state and public insurance can cover abortion services; and a requirement that minors obtain parental consent. The Center for Reproductive Rights and Planned Parenthood are</span></span><span><span><a href="https://reproductiverights.org/press-room/new-lawsuit-challenges-three-tennessee-laws-that-threaten-to-close-abortion-clinics-force-women-to-delay-care"> <span><span><span>litigating</span></span></span></a></span></span><span><span> another case in the state challenging the 48-hour waiting period. </span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>The case was filed by the Center for Reproductive Rights, Planned Parenthood Federation of America, the American Civil Liberties Union, and the ACLU of Tennessee on behalf of the Memphis Center for Reproductive Health, Planned Parenthood Tennessee and North Mississippi, Knoxville Center for Reproductive Health, carafem, and two abortion providers in Tennessee.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>###</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><strong><span><span>MEDIA CONTACT:</span></span></strong><br /> <span><span>Center for Reproductive Rights:<strong> </strong></span></span><span><span><a href="mailto:center.press@reprorights.org"><span><span><span>center.press@reprorights.org</span></span></span></a></span></span><span><span>, 585-919-9966<br /> <span>Planned Parenthood: </span></span></span><span><span><a href="mailto:media.office@ppfa.org"><span><span><span><span>media.office@ppfa.org</span></span></span></span></a></span></span><span><span><span>, 212-261-4433<br /> ACLU: </span></span></span><span><span> Mia Jacobs, </span></span><span><span><a href="mailto:mjacobs@aclu.org"><span><span><span>mjacobs@aclu.org</span></span></span></a></span></span><span><span>, 201-919-0333<br /> ACLU of Tennessee: Lindsay Kee, </span></span><span><span><a href="mailto:communications@aclu-tn.org"><span><span><span>communications@aclu-tn.org</span></span></span></a></span></span><span><span>, 615-320-7142</span></span></span></span></p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-related-content field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/document/tn-cascading-ban-tro-granted" hreflang="en">TN Cascading Ban TRO Granted</a></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-issue field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <h2 class="field__label">Issues</h2> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-issues/abortion" hreflang="en">Abortion</a></div> </div> </div> <br class="clear" /> <div class="field field--name-field-region field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <h2 class="field__label">Regions</h2> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-regions/united-states" hreflang="en">United States</a></div> </div> </div> <br class="clear" /> <div class="field field--name-field-work field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <h2 class="field__label">Work</h2> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-work/in-the-courts" hreflang="en">In the Courts</a></div> </div> </div> <br class="clear" /> Mon, 13 Jul 2020 17:55:28 +0000 nfranco@reprorights.org 59253 at https://reproductiverights.org