NEW ORLEANS – Dozens of advocacy organizations have united in support of pro-life physicians and the state of Texas in multiple friend-of-the-court briefs filed with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit in State of Texas v. Becerra.
Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys representing the American Association of Pro-Life Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the Christian Medical and Dental Associations, alongside the state of Texas, asked a federal court to halt the Biden administration from employing the Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act to force doctors to provide elective abortions in emergency rooms, which the court did in August 2022. The administration then appealed the case to the 5th Circuit.
“Emergency room physicians can, and do, treat ectopic pregnancies and other life-threatening conditions. But elective abortion is not life-saving care—it ends the life of the unborn child—and the government can’t force doctors to perform procedures that violate their conscience and religious beliefs,” said ADF Senior Counsel Denise Harle, director of the ADF Center for Life. “The Biden administration is needlessly, illegitimately, and illegally working to turn emergency rooms into walk-in abortion facilities. Doctors get into their line of work to save lives and care for people—and that’s exactly what they are ethically, morally, and legally required to do. We urge the 5th Circuit to uphold protections for those in the medical profession who wish to respect and save lives, not take them.”
Advancing American Freedom was joined by 25 other organizations in filing a brief. In it, they explain that “the Biden administration seeks to preempt constitutional laws enacted by states as an exercise of their legitimate interests in unborn life and maternal health…. this Court should set aside the Guidance as arbitrary and capricious because the agency failed to consider the bodily integrity of the unborn child; an interest for which EMTALA expresses a clear concern.”
- Pronunciation guide: Harle (HAR’-lee)
Alliance Defending Freedom is an alliance-building, non-profit legal organization committed to protecting religious freedom, free speech, parental rights, and the sanctity of life.
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