Broad Coalition File Amicus Brief in Supreme Court Challenge to Texas Abortion Restrictions

Includes LGBTQ, Racial Justice, and Health Groups

Posted by Melanie Nathan, January, 05, 2016.
abortion signsWashington, D.C., January 5, 2016The National LGBTQ Task Force has joined a coalition of LGBTQ, racial justice, and health equity organizations in filing an amicus brief in Whole Woman’s Health v. Cole asking the U.S. Supreme Court to strike down draconian restrictions on abortion providers enacted by the State of Texas in 2013. If the restrictions are upheld, it would lead to the closing of all but 10 abortion clinics in the state. The brief urges the Court to carefully scrutinize the state’s asserted justification for the law, just as the Court has done with other laws that infringe upon fundamental freedoms

“The movements for reproductive health, rights and justice are indispensable for LGBTQ people. Our work, as repro and LGBTQ advocates, is inseparable as we are working for the right to live our lives fully and the right to choose how we use our bodies,” said Rea Carey, National LGBTQ Task Force Executive Director. “Today, we proudly join thirteen LGBTQ, racial justice, and healthy equity groups in urging the Supreme Court in upholding its moral obligation of protecting people from government abuse and intrusion. A ruling that favors discrimination under the guise of ‘women’s health’ would negatively impact LGBTQ people. For one, it would severely restrict our ability to control our reproductive health and sexual lives. Many of us — cisgender women, transgender men, interest and gender-nonconforming individuals, among others — can get pregnant and rely on a full range of reproductive health options, including abortion.”

The State of Texas has argued that the law protects the health of women seeking abortion, but the evidence at trial showed just the opposite. In fact, medical organizations such as the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the American Medical Association, and the American Public Health Association have explained that the restrictions imposed by the new law are medically unnecessary and endanger, rather than advance, women’s health.

The brief was filed by the National Center for Lesbian Rights, and was joined by Gay & Lesbian Advocates and Defenders, Equal Justice Society, National Black Justice Coalition, Family Equality Council, Human Rights Campaign, National LGBTQ Task Force, GLMA: Health Professionals Advancing LGBT Equality, Equality Federation, Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States, Immigration Equality, National Health Law Program, Movement Advancement Project, and Bay Area Lawyers for Individual Freedom.


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