COURT BRIEF

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June Medical Services v. Rebekah Gee, Secretary, Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals

This case addresses the constitutionality of abortion facility safety regulations. It is essential, therefore, that this Court understand that abortion, as currently practiced in the United States (and other developed nations), is often the occasion of medical mishaps, even serious injuries and deaths.

January 28, 2020

COURT CASE

June Medical Services v. Rebekah Gee, Secretary, Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals

 

Court: United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
Represented by: American Center for Law & Justice
Question presented: Given the centrality of maternal health arguments in this case, should this Court keep in mind that the assumption that abortion is generally safe, even safer than childbirth, is unsupported and almost certainly incorrect?

SUMMARY OF ARGUMENT

This case addresses the constitutionality of abortion facility safety regulations. It is essential, therefore, that this Court understand that abortion, as currently practiced in the United States (and other developed nations), is often the occasion of medical mishaps, even serious injuries and deaths. In particular, the assertion that abortion is somehow safer than childbirth – an assertion echoed in this Court’s Whole Woman’s Health opinion – is an unsupported myth, contrary to sound, published medical evidence. That last statement merits repetition: The claim that abortion is safer than childbirth is a myth, resting on demonstrably flawed premises and refuted by study after study.

 

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