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July 29, 2021

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Attorney General Steve Marshall Files Brief Urging Supreme Court to Overturn
Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey

(MONTGOMERY) – Attorney General Steve Marshall filed an amicus brief calling on the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey decisions that purport to find a right to abortion in the Constitution.

Attorney General Marshall joined 23 other attorneys general in filing the Supreme Court brief Thursday in support of a Mississippi law prohibiting abortions after the first 15 weeks of pregnancy.

“Beginning with Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court has systematically imposed a litany of legal exemptions for abortion that not only defy health and safety standards but are also unconstitutional and without historical foundation,” said Attorney General Marshall.

“Even the Supreme Court has previously acknowledged that states have the right to ‘promote respect for life, including the life of the unborn,’ yet the Court continues to block state efforts to protect the life of the unborn, placing new tests for what is legal. The time has come for the Court to overrule Roe and Casey and finally return the question of abortion to where it belongs – with the states.”

The Supreme Court recently agreed to hear the case Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization and is expected to rule by 2022 on the question of whether all pre-viability prohibitions on elective abortions are unconstitutional.

Alabama joined Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, West Virginia and Wyoming in filing the amicus brief with the U.S. Supreme Court today.

The attorneys general brief can be read here.

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