Wednesday, January 6, 2016

LGBT Pro Choice Groups & Allies

A coalition of LGBTQ, racial justice & health equity organizations have filed an amicus brief in Whole Woman’s Health v. Cole asking the U.S. Supreme Court to strike down draconian restrictions on abortion providers enacted by the State of Texas in 2013. If the restrictions are upheld it would lead to the closing of all but 10 abortion clinics in the state. The brief urges the Court to carefully scrutinize the state’s asserted justification for the law, just as the Court has done with other laws that infringe upon fundamental freedoms. Rea Carey, National LGBTQ Task Force Executive Director stated, “The movements for reproductive health, rights & justice are indispensable for LGBTQ people. Our work, as repro & LGBTQ advocates, is inseparable as we are working for the right to live our lives fully & the right to choose how we use our bodies. We proudly join thirteen LGBTQ, racial justice & healthy equity groups in urging the Supreme Court in upholding its moral obligation of protecting people from government abuse & intrusion. A ruling that favors discrimination under the guise of 'women's health' would negatively impact LGBTQ people. It would severely restrict our ability to control our reproductive health & sexual lives.” The brief was filed by the National Center for Lesbian Rights & was joined by Gay & Lesbian Advocates and Defenders, Equal Justice Society, National Black Justice Coalition, Family Equality Council, Human Rights Campaign, National LGBTQ Task Force, GLMA: Health Professionals Advancing LGBT Equality, Equality Federation, Sexuality Information & Education Council of the United States, Immigration Equality, National Health Law Program, Movement Advancement Project & Bay Area Lawyers for Individual Freedom.
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