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Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization

Pending petition
Docket No. Op. Below Argument Opinion Vote Author Term
19-1392 5th Cir. TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD

Issues: (1) Whether all pre-viability prohibitions on elective abortions are unconstitutional; (2) whether the validity of a pre-viability law that protects women's health, the dignity of unborn children and the integrity of the medical profession and society should be analyzed under Planned Parenthood v. Casey's "undue burden" standard or Whole Woman's Health v. Hellerstedt's balancing of benefits and burdens; and (3) whether abortion providers have third-party standing to invalidate a law that protects women's health from the dangers of late-term abortions.

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DateProceedings and Orders (key to color coding)
Mar 16 2020Application (19A1027) to extend the time to file a petition for a writ of certiorari from April 16, 2020 to June 15, 2020, submitted to Justice Alito.
Mar 19 2020Application (19A1027) granted by Justice Alito extending the time to file until June 15, 2020.
Jun 15 2020Petition for a writ of certiorari filed. (Response due July 20, 2020)
Jun 25 2020Motion to extend the time to file a response from July 20, 2020 to August 19, 2020, submitted to The Clerk.
Jun 26 2020Motion to extend the time to file a response is granted and the time is extended to and including August 19, 2020, for all respondents.
Jul 14 2020Brief amici curiae of Roman Catholic Diocese of Jackson and Roman Catholic Diocese of Biloxi filed.
Jul 14 2020Blanket Consent filed by Petitioner, Thomas Dobbs, et al.
Jul 17 2020Brief amicus curiae of American Center for Law & Justice filed.
Jul 20 2020Brief amici curiae of 375 Women Injured By Second and Third Trimester Late Term Abortions and Melinda Thybault, Individually and Acting on Behalf of 336,214 Signers of The Moral Outcry Petition filed.
Jul 20 2020Brief amici curiae of The States of Texas, Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee and West Virginia filed.
Jul 20 2020Brief amicus curiae of Illinois Right to Life filed.
Jul 20 2020Brief amici curiae of American Association of Pro-Life Obstetricians & Gynecologists, et al. filed.
Jul 20 2020Brief amici curiae of Inner Life Fund and Institute for Faith and Family filed.
Jul 20 2020Amicus brief of Robin Pierucci, M.D., and Life Legal Defense Foundation submitted.
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