Kentucky AG Allowed to Defend Abortion Restriction

Supreme Court votes 8-1 to allow defense, does not address law itself.

In 2019, Kentucky’s Attorney General Daniel Cameron attempted to legally defend a state abortion restriction after it was struck down in the local court system. Local courts and circuit courts said he was unable to do so as a sitting state politician. The Supreme Court ruled 8-1 this past week that AG Cameron is legally allowed to represent the state of Kentucky, even if the state’s governor is not involved.

“What respondents ask us to recognize is essentially a mandatory claims-processing rule,” wrote Justice Samuel Alito in the opinion. “Such rules are not jurisdictional, and if a non-jurisdictional argument was not raised below, we generally will not consider it as an alternative ground for affirmance… Even if that argument had been preserved, we would not find it persuasive.”

The Supreme Court made no comment on the legality of the abortion law itself.

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Sources: The Hill, CNBC


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