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Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization

Court: U.S. Supreme Court

Status: Active

Last Updated: 5/17/2021

Overview

The Gestational Age Act is a Mississippi law that protects the health of pregnant mothers, the dignity of unborn children, and the integrity of the medical profession by limiting abortions after 15 weeks in gestational age, permitting them only in medical emergencies or for severe fetal abnormality. Mississippi’s law highlights a conflict between the Supreme Court’s ruling in Roe v. Wade and the court’s repeated affirmation in subsequent cases that states have a legitimate interest in limiting abortion and protecting “vulnerable and innocent life” from the moment of conception.

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Denise Harle

Senior Counsel

Denise Harle serves as senior counsel with Alliance Defending Freedom, where she is a member of the Center for Life.

John Bursch, Senior Counsel

Senior Counsel, Vice President of Appellate Advocacy

John Bursch, Vice President of Appellate Advocacy with Alliance Defending Freedom. He has argued 12 U.S. Supreme Court and over 30 State Supreme Court cases.

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