Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys filed a friend-of-the-court brief Monday with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit urging it to reject the NAACP’s lawsuit against an Arizona bill that prohibits sex- and race-based abortions.
ADF attorneys along with ADF-allied attorney and University of St. Thomas Law
Professor Teresa Collett represent bill sponsor Rep. Steve Montenegro, U.S.
Rep. Trent Franks, Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery, Dr. Alveda King,
and multiple African-American and women’s groups who oppose such abortions.
Montgomery is also serving as co-counsel.
“Every innocent life deserves to be protected, and that’s especially true of
any babies targeted for death simply because of their sex or race,” said ADF
Senior Counsel Casey Mattox. “Nothing about an abortion committed on the basis
of sex or race is medically necessary or constitutionally protected. The fact
that groups who supposedly exist to protect the interests of minorities and
women are attacking this law is scandalous.”
A district court dismissed the lawsuit in October of last year, but American
Civil Liberties Union attorneys representing the Maricopa County branch of the
NAACP and the National Asian-Pacific American Women’s Forum appealed that
The Frederick Douglass Foundation, Susan B. Anthony List, Radiance Foundation,
National Black Pro-Life Union, and University Faculty for Life also joined the
brief in support of the Arizona bill.