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Ill. Attorney Gen. joins brief against Mississippi effort to overturn Roe

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Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul has joined with 23 other state attorneys general opposing Mississippi’s attempt to overturn Roe v. Wade.

In an amicus brief filed with the U.S. Supreme Court, Raoul and the coalition argued that Mississippi’s pre-viability abortion ban is and should remain unconstitutional. In 1973, the Supreme Court ruled in Roe v. Wade that the Constitution does not permit states to prohibit a woman from deciding before viability whether to carry her pregnancy to term. That ruling was affirmed in Planned Parenthood v. Casey in 1992.

“Mississippi’s efforts to restrict access to safe and legal abortion jeopardize the short- and long-term health of women who need abortion care and denies them the right to control their health care,” Raoul said in a press release. “The Supreme Court should uphold decades of its own precedent affirming that women have the right to decide whether or not to carry a pregnancy to term before viability. I will continue opposing actions that interfere with a woman’s ability to make her own reproductive decisions.”

In 2018, Mississippi’s governor signed into law what was then the strictest abortion ban in the nation. The law prohibits abortion at 15 weeks with few exceptions, even in cases of rape or incest. A federal district court judge struck down the law stating that Mississippi “chose to pass a law it knew was unconstitutional … to ask the Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade.” The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit affirmed the district court’s ruling. It’s now heading for the Supreme Court.

Along with being unconstitutional, according to the coalition, the ban would cause women to travel other states to seek care, which would burden those states and jeopardize the health of individuals.

Joining Raoul in filing the brief are the attorneys general of California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Hawaii, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, Washington and Wisconsin.

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