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Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization

Description: The Gestational Age Act is a Mississippi law that protects the health of pregnant mothers, the dignity of unborn children, and the integrity of the medical profession by limiting abortions after 15 weeks in gestational age, permitting them only in medical emergencies or for severe fetal abnormality. Mississippi’s law highlights a conflict between the Supreme Court’s ruling in Roe v. Wade and the court’s repeated affirmation in subsequent cases that states have a legitimate interest in limiting abortion and protecting “vulnerable and innocent life” from the moment of conception.

U.S. Supreme Court building, Washington, DC
Friday, Jan 21, 2022

The following quote may be attributed to Alliance Defending Freedom General Counsel Kristen Waggoner regarding the state of Virginia’s decision to change its position at the U.S. Supreme Court from opposing Mississippi’s law protecting life to supporting it in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization:

“With Virginia’s decision to reverse its position to support the right of states to protect life, respect women, and preserve the integrity of the medical profession, a majority of U.S. states now say Roe v. Wade was wrongly decided, and that the Supreme Court should reverse its 1973 decision that has no basis in the history or text of the Constitution. We commend Virginia Attorney General Jason Miyares for standing with women and their children.”

Alliance Defending Freedom is an alliance-building, non-profit legal organization committed to protecting religious freedom, free speech, parental rights, and the sanctity of life.

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ABOUT Kristen Waggoner

Kristen K. Waggoner serves as general counsel with Alliance Defending Freedom. In this role, Waggoner oversees the U.S. legal division, a team of 100 attorneys and staff who engage in litigation, public advocacy, and legislative support. ADF has represented the prevailing parties in multiple U.S. Supreme Court victories, including Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission and Uzuegbunam v. Preczewski, which she argued at the Supreme Court. She also served as counsel in the free speech victory the Supreme Court handed down in National Institute of Family and Life Advocates v. Becerra. She is a Peer Review Rated AV® Preeminent™ attorney in Martindale-Hubbell, who clerked for Justice Richard B. Sanders of the Washington Supreme Court after law school and served in private practice in Seattle for nearly 20 years. Waggoner is admitted to practice in multiple states, the Supreme Court, and numerous federal district and appellate courts.