Safe and Unrestricted Access to Abortion
January 8, 2016 10:36 AM Subscribe
“To the world, I am an attorney who had an abortion, and, to myself, I am an attorney because I had an abortion." The Center for Reproductive Rights and law firm Paul Weiss submitted an amicus brief [pdf] to the U.S. Supreme Court signed by 113 attorneys, detailing the importance of abortion rights in their own lives.
To begin with, many Amici reported that they would not have been able to graduate from high school, college, or law school, let alone excel as attorneys, without safe and unrestricted access to abortion.
"[W]ith my state’s law in essence forcing me to give birth against my will, the two options my frightened teenage mind kept coming back to were selfabortion by clotheshanger . . . and suicide. A decision by the Supreme Court saved my life, just in the nick of time."
Amici are credits to the legal profession. They are public interest attorneys, lawyers for the government, professors of law, partners at major firms, and counsel to corporations and institutions. They are the classmates, co-clerks, and colleagues of the Justices and clerks of this Court.In March, SCOTUS will hear oral arguments in Whole Woman's Health v. Cole regarding Texas' aggressive TRAP abortion restrictions, which would force closure of over 75% of the state's abortion providers. More coverage on Whole Woman's Health from SCOTUSBlog. A related opinion from the 7th Circuit (Judge Posner) striking down Wisconsin's TRAP law.
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