FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 3, 2022
Contact: Mary Owens, [email protected]
Ahead of SCOTUS Decision in Dobbs, Pro-life State Lawmakers Are Leading
Washington, D.C. – Today in an 8-1 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron as he seeks to defend the state’s ban on live-dismemberment abortions. Associate Justice Samuel Alito authored the majority opinion in Cameron v. EMW Women’s Surgical Center.
The national pro-life group Susan B. Anthony List (SBA List) celebrated and praised Cameron’s strong defense of Kentucky’s pro-life laws:
“We thank Attorney General Cameron for taking this fight all the way to the Supreme Court. We’re encouraged by this affirmation of the right of attorneys general to defend their states’ pro-life laws,” said SBA List President Marjorie Dannenfelser. “Brutal live-dismemberment abortions on babies with fully formed arms, legs, fingers and toes, even after the point when they can feel pain, show the true extremism of our nation’s status quo on abortion. Acting on the will of the people, Kentucky lawmakers passed legislation to stop this inhumane practice with overwhelming bipartisan majorities. As we await a decision in the Dobbs case that could restore the right of all states to protect countless unborn children and their mothers, pro-life champions in the states like Daniel Cameron are not waiting to lead and are more important than ever.”
The Human Rights of Unborn Children Act (H.B. 454) was authored by former State Representative Addia Wuchner, a member of SBA List’s National Pro-Life Women’s Caucus. Signed into law in 2018 by then-Governor Matt Bevin after being approved by an overwhelming bipartisan majority in the Kentucky legislature, the legislation stops live dismemberment abortions after eleven weeks of pregnancy. EMW Women’s Surgical Center, Kentucky’s only abortion facility, immediately sued to overturn the law. Cameron then moved to intervene after the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a lower court decision striking it down. The Supreme Court announced it would review the case in March 2021 and oral arguments were heard in October.
In Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, a case involving a Mississippi law that limits abortion after 15 weeks, the Supreme Court will address whether all pre-viability abortion limits are unconstitutional. A decision is expected in the spring or summer of 2022.
Polling consistently shows a strong majority of Americans reject abortion extremism.
SBA List is a network of 900,000 pro-life Americans nationwide, dedicated to ending abortion by electing national leaders and advocating for laws that save lives, with a special calling to promote pro-life women leaders.