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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:

  • 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 (CRR) 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 are co-counsel with CRR in a challenge against a regime of Mississippi laws and regulations that have created unconstitutional barriers to a woman’s right to access safe, legal abortion.
  • 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’ challenge to interim final rules promulgated by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) that would allow nearly all employers to deny their employees insurance coverage for contraception if the employer has a religious or moral objection. 
  • With co-counsel, we submitted an amicus curiae brief on behalf of 12 international and comparative law scholars in support of the Center for Reproductive Rights’ lawsuit challenging Texas’s omnibus abortion bill, Senate Bill 8 (SB8). The brief, submitted by the firm and Martha Davis, a professor at the Northeastern University School of Law and a women’s rights authority, urges the Fifth Circuit to affirm a lower court ruling that the bill is unconstitutional.  SB8 prohibited the safest, most common method of abortion in the early second trimester of pregnancy.

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