According to Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards, the Center for Reproductive Rights and the ACLU have filed lawsuits in three states.
The organizations filed lawsuits in Alaska, Missouri, and North Carolina in order to try to protect access to abortion in those states. In recent time, legislation has been introduced that has made it increasingly difficult to access safe, legal abortions.
As the ACLU stated in their press release announcing the suits,
But while we worry about the future of abortion rights at the federal level, far too many women wake up in states where their right to abortion remains so inaccessible that the right is more theoretical than real. And that is because of state laws like those we are challenging today which are expressly designed to prevent a woman who has decided to have an abortion from actually getting one.
Missouri regulations require facilities providing abortions to be outfitted like mini-hospitals. Because of the regulations, only one licensed provider remains to serve over one million women in the state.
Meanwhile, regulations in Alaska require clinics to be equipped and staffed for “major” surgery. The requirement is so vague and confusing that the people who are subject to these requirements have no way to know what kinds of actions would violate them.
Other regulations in Alaska that date back 40 years prevent health centers from providing abortions after the first trimester of pregnancy. For many Alaskan women, that means traveling out of state to access the care they need.
In North Carolina, an unconstitutional law that we challenged today bans abortion after the 20th week of pregnancy with exceptions only for extremely narrow medical emergencies.. By doing so, the law forces physicians to delay from caring for women until their condition imposes an immediate threat of death or major medical damage. The law is a threat to the dignity and health of women who seek care, not rejection, from medical professionals.
Supreme Court case Whome Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt is just one landmark decision cited by The Center for Reproductive Rights that ruled that Texas regulations on abortion clinics were not constitutional. This groundbreaking case, however, has not protected abortion clinics in the state, let alone others.
In a statement, Reproductive Rights CEO Nancy Northup said,
“We are a nation of laws, and the Center is prepared to use the full force of the law to ensure women’s fundamental rights are protected and respected. We are proud to stand with our partners in challenging these unconstitutional measures and vow to continue the fight for women’s health, equality, and dignity.”