20 States Support Defense of SC Abortion Law

Amicus brief says the federal judge overstepped her authority.

In an amicus brief filed with the Fourth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, 20 states are supporting South Carolina’s defense of a new abortion law. They say that a federal judge was wrong to pause the entire measure instead of just the provision facing a court challenge.

In Tuesday’s filing on behalf of the states, the attorney general of Alabama argued that District Judge Mary Geiger Lewis overstepped her authority when she put the entire abortion law on hold, rather than just the portion being challenged.

The judge’s ruling, the attorney general said, “Treads on South Carolina’s sovereign ability to decide for itself the purposes of the legislation” and “aggrandizes the judicial power by treating the court’s injunction of the challenged provision as erasing it entirely so the whole Act collapses.”

The amicus filing asked the appellate judge to lift a lower court’s injunction on the “South Carolina Fetal Heartbeat and Protection from Abortion Act.” The states filing in support of South Carolina all “have in place laws similar to the South Carolina laws the district court enjoined,” the brief said.

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For the judges in the Court of Appeals as they consider the challenges to the South Carolina law and the brief filed on behalf of 20 states.
  • For the federal judiciary and Supreme Court as cases involving the right to life continue to be brought before them.
  • For the state legislators attempting to stand up for the lives of the unborn.

Sources: Newsmax, Newsweek


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