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Hodes & Nauser v. Kobach

Description:  Planned Parenthood, and other abortionists, are attempting to block enforcement of Kansas’ pro-life and pro-woman law.

A pregnant woman and her doctor
Monday, Aug 7, 2023

WHO:  Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys

WHAT:  Available for media interviews following oral arguments in Hodes & Nauser v. Kobach

WHEN:  Immediately following hearing, which begins at 1:30 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, Aug. 8

WHERE:  Johnson County District Court, 150 W. Santa Fe St., Olathe. To schedule an interview, contact ADF Media Relations Specialist Hattie Troutman at (771) 200-7630.

OLATHE, Kan. – Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys serving as co-counsel with Kansas Attorney General Kris Kobach’s office will be available for media interviews Tuesday following oral arguments at the Johnson County District Court in Hodes & Naser v. Kobach. In the case, Planned Parenthood and other abortionists are attempting to block enforcement of the state’s pro-life and pro-woman law.

The Woman’s Right to Know Act, passed in 1997, ensures that women undergoing an abortion are fully informed of the significant risks involved and voluntarily consent to the procedure. The law also requires that women be provided with information on the financial, medical, and legal assistance available if they choose life for their unborn child.

“Mothers and their babies deserve the best possible care available to them, and every woman needs adequate time and information to feel empowered to make the best decision for herself and her family,” said ADF Senior Counsel Denise Harle, director of the ADF Center for Life, who will be arguing on behalf of Kansas. “Doctors are oath-bound to do everything they can to protect the life of a patient, and that includes informing pregnant mothers of the science behind the development of her unborn child and the dangers of an invasive procedure like abortion. Kansas rightly enacted these reasonable, commonsense measures, so we are urging the court to uphold them on behalf of all current and future Kansans.”

  • Pronunciation guide: Harle (HAR’-lee)

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 Denise Harle

Denise Harle serves as senior counsel on the Center for Life Team at Alliance Defending Freedom. Prior to joining ADF, Harle served as deputy solicitor general in the Office of the Florida Attorney General, where she drafted appellate briefs and presented oral arguments on behalf of the state in a wide variety of constitutional cases, including defending the constitutionality of pro-life laws. In 2017, she participated in the prestigious Supreme Court Fellow program, sponsored by the National Association of Attorneys General. She clerked for Justice Ricky L. Polston on the Florida Supreme Court and worked for several years as an appellate litigator at a large firm in California. Harle earned bachelor’s degrees, summa cum laude, in psychology and interdisciplinary social science from Florida State University, a master’s degree in political science from Stanford University, and a Juris Doctor from Duke University School of Law. At Duke, she served as the executive editor of Law & Contemporary Problems. A member of the state bars of California, Florida, and Georgia, she is admitted to multiple federal district and appellate courts, as well as the U.S. Supreme Court.