Cameron v. EMW Women’s Surgical Center

Last modified 2022.10.04


  • Status Ongoing
  • Type Amicus
  • Court State Court
  • Issues Abortion, Denial of Healthcare, Reproductive Rights

Case Documents

In the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Dobbs v.  Jackson Women’s Health Organization, restrictive anti-abortion laws have gone into effect across much of the country. The ACLU and Planned Parenthood filed a lawsuit challenging two such abortion bans in Kentucky. On July 22, 2022, the Jefferson Circuit Court in Kentucky temporarily blocked both bans, holding that the laws “impermissibly establish[] a distinctly Christian doctrine of the beginning of life, and . . . unduly interfer[e] with the free exercise of other religions that do not share that same belief.”

The case has now reached the Kentucky Supreme Court. On October 4, 2022, Americans United filed an amicus brief, joined by fifteen religious and civil-rights organizations, agreeing with the Circuit Court’s conclusion. We argued that Kentucky’s abortion bans threaten religious pluralism, incite religiously based conflict, and undermine public trust in political institutions.

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