Cases & Advocacy

Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization Amicus

Status: Open

Outcome: Loss

Jurisdiction + Case Number: U.S. District Court Southern District of Mississippi, No. 3:18-cv-171; U.S. Court of Appeals Fifth Circuit, No. 18-60868; U.S. Supreme Court, 19-1392

Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization was a U.S. Supreme Court case considering whether all prohibitions on elective abortions conducted before viability are unconstitutional.

In March of 2018, Mississippi passed the Gestational Age Act banning all abortions after fifteen weeks, except in cases of severe fetal abnormality or other medical emergencies. The sole clinic in the state providing elective abortions sued Mississippi challenging the constitutionality of the bill. The United States District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi enjoined the Act from enforcement, and the decision was affirmed by the Fifth Circuit. In June 2022, the United States Supreme Court ruled for Mississippi holding that “The Constitution does not confer a right to abortion; Roe and Casey are overruled; and the authority to regulate abortion is returned to the people and their elected representatives.”

The National Center for Lesbian Rights believes strongly in the rights of all people to reproductive and bodily autonomy, as well as access to essential reproductive health care services. NCLR, along with 22 other LGBTQ organizations, submitted an amicus brief in support of the clinic in September 2021.