Montana, Multi-state Coalition File Brief to Protect Unborn Children
Montana Attorney General Tim Fox and 18 other states are defending the right of states to prohibit abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy, a crucial argument to protect the lives of unborn children and safeguard similar laws across the nation.
The coalition’s brief leans upon a growing scientific consensus that a fetus is capable of experiencing pain at the 20-week threshold, if not before.
“This case is about not only protecting unborn children, but protecting the rights of states to regulate abortion as well,” Fox said.
The Supreme Court has long recognized that states have valid interests in regulating abortion upon the grounds of women’s health and protecting the dignity of human life.
The brief, filed Tuesday with the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, supports the constitutionality of North Carolina’s 20-week ban as applied to abortions both before and after the point of viability.
The brief also challenges the plaintiff’s ability to have brought the initial lawsuit.
Any decision regarding the North Carolina case could affect not only North Carolina’s law, but also similar laws throughout the nation.
Montana, Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas and Utah, and West Virginia joined the brief.