July 29, 2021

Cassidy, Hyde-Smith, Wicker, Colleagues File Amicus Brief to Protect Unborn Babies

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-MS), Roger Wicker (R-MS) and 41 Senate colleagues today filed an amicus brief in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization urging the court to uphold Mississippi’s law to protect unborn babies after 15 weeks of pregnancy.

“All life is sacred. Mississippi’s law protecting the lives of unborn children must be upheld,” said Dr. Cassidy. “This brief lends our support as the Supreme Court considers this case.”

“In taking up Mississippi’s pro-life law, the Supreme Court has a chance to reconsider the current misguided abortion jurisprudence. As a Senator, as a woman, and as a mother, I think this case offers us a chance to overturn Roe and return the abortion issue to the political process and away from activist judges,” said Senator Hyde-Smith. “I am thankful so many of my colleagues are standing with Mississippi and against unlimited abortion on demand in this case.”

“Mississippi is at the forefront of the fight for life, and I am glad to lead the charge in Congress on behalf of the unborn,” said Senator Wicker. “For too long, the precedents of Roe and Casey have prevented states from taking meaningful steps to protect life in the womb. My colleagues and I are urging the Supreme Court to correct these decades of injustice.”

Other senators signed on to the brief include Senators Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Richard Shelby, (R-AL), James Inhofe (R-OK), Mike Crapo (R-ID), John Cornyn (R-TX), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Richard Burr (R-NC), John Thune (R-SD), John Barrasso (R-WY), James Risch (R-ID), Roy Blunt (R-MO), Jerry Moran (R-KS), Rob Portman (R-OH), John Boozman (R-AR), Pat Toomey (R-PA), John Hoeven (R-ND), Marco Rubio (R-FL), Ron Johnson (R-WI), Rand Paul (R-KY), Tim Scott (R-SC), Deb Fischer (R-NE), James Lankford (R-OK), Tom Cotton (R-AR), Steve Daines (R-MT), Mike Rounds (R-SD), Thom Tillis (R-NC), Joni K. Ernst (R-IA), Ben Sasse (R-NE), Dan Sullivan (R-AK), Todd Young (R-IN), John Kennedy (R-LA), Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), Kevin Cramer (R-ND), Mitt Romney (R-UT), Mike Braun (R-IN), Rick Scott (R-FL), Cynthia Lummis (R-.WY), Roger Marshall (R-KS), Bill Hagerty (R-TN), and Tommy Tuberville (R-AL). 189 members of the House of Representatives also joined the brief.

Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization involves a 2018 Mississippi law, the Gestational Age Act, which limits abortion to 15 weeks’ gestation except in a medical emergency and in cases of “severe fetal abnormality.” Mississippi abortion clinic, Jackson Women’s Health Organization, sued the state over the law.

This fall, the Supreme Court will hear the case on the question of “whether all pre-viability prohibitions on elective abortions are unconstitutional.” The Supreme Court has not addressed this question since Roe v. Wade.