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Reproductive Rights

We have been involved in many consequential recent cases involving reproductive freedom, including broad-based challenges of recent state laws and regulations that have created unconstitutional barriers to a woman’s right to access safe, legal abortions.

Below are some highlights:

  • As co-counsel with Planned Parenthood and the ACLU, we are seeking to block the State of Missouri’s near-total abortion ban on behalf of the last remaining abortion provider in the state, recently winning a temporary injunction.
  • As co-counsel to the Center for Reproductive Rights, we won a preliminary injunction against the State of Mississippi blocking the enforcement of a 6-week abortion ban on behalf of the last abortion provider in that state. We continue to challenge a regime of related Mississippi laws and regulations that have created unconstitutional barriers to a woman’s right to access safe, legal abortion.
  • We filed an amicus brief to the Supreme Court in Zubik v. Burwell on behalf of the National Women’s Law Center and 68 other organizations in support of no-cost contraceptive coverage regulations under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
  • In 2016, we filed an amicus brief with the Center for Reproductive Rights in Whole Women’s Health v. Hellerstedt, the first major abortion case in nearly a decade, in which the Supreme Court struck down Texas laws designed to close most abortion clinics in the state. The brief, signed by 113 female attorneys, contained narratives about how access to abortion had had a huge impact in their own lives — a brief that “towers above the rest,” as Slate noted.
  • We filed an amicus brief on behalf of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, National Health Law Program and the National Family Planning and Reproductive Health Association in support of Massachusetts’ ongoing challenge to interim final rules promulgated by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that would allow nearly all employers to deny their employees insurance coverage for contraception if the employer has a religious or moral objection. 

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