Amici Brief on Winning Side of Supreme Court Reproductive Rights Ruling

On June 27, the U.S. Supreme Court invalidated certain Texas state law provisions because they place substantial and undue obstacles in the path of women seeking abortion access, and thus violate the Constitution. Skadden represented several health care organizations as amici curiae opposing the Texas law: The National Physicians Alliance, American Academy of Nursing, Doctors for America, The American Nurses Association, and The Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine.

In their brief, the amici argued that any health rationale for the Texas law appears to be pretextual because: (1) no competent evidence in the record demonstrated that it would promote health; (2) Texas has regulated abortion providers without imposing similar restrictions on providers of much riskier outpatient procedures; and (3) the public statements of Texas officials indicate that many of the law's supporters were motivated by a desire to close abortion clinics, to make abortions more difficult to obtain, and to evade the Supreme Court's earlier rulings.