Planned Parenthood Arizona v. Brnovich II
Description: Planned Parenthood is challenging Arizona’s pre-Roe v. Wade law protecting unborn lives.
Doctor asks court to uphold Arizona’s pro-life law
WHO: Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys
WHAT: Available for media interviews following oral arguments in Planned Parenthood Arizona v. Brnovich II
WHEN: Immediately following hearing, which begins at 2 p.m. MST, Wednesday, Nov. 30
WHERE: Division Two of the Arizona Court of Appeals, 3rd floor courtroom, State Office Complex, 400 W. Congress St., North Building, Tucson; or view the hearing via livestream. To schedule an interview, contact ADF Media Relations Manager Bernadette Tasy at (480) 356-0324.
TUCSON, Ariz. – Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys representing Dr. Eric Hazelrigg, an obstetrician and medical director of Choices Pregnancy Center in Arizona, will be available for media interviews Wednesday following oral arguments at the Arizona Court of Appeals.
In September, the Arizona Superior Court in Pima County appointed Hazelrigg as the guardian ad litem to legally represent the best interests of unborn children in Arizona. The court also ruled that the state is free to protect the lives of unborn children and the health and safety of mothers by enforcing its pre-Roe v. Wade law that offers substantial protection from the harms of abortion. ADF attorneys had argued for that result in a brief filed in August, asking the court to grant the Arizona attorney general’s request to lift the injunction against the state’s pro-life law, which the court had previously blocked based on Roe.
“Pro-life laws like the one in Arizona not only help protect the lives of countless innocent, unborn children, but they also protect the dignity and health of women by providing real support during a difficult time,” said ADF Senior Counsel Mark Lippelmann, who will be arguing before the court on behalf of Hazelrigg. “We’re pleased to represent Dr. Hazelrigg, who has been appointed to speak on behalf of countless unborn children who cannot yet speak on their own.”
“Arizona is eager to preserve the innocent lives of children and restore dignity to women and the medical profession,” said ADF Senior Counsel Denise Harle, director of the ADF Center for Life. “We’re pleased the lower court allowed the attorney general to enforce the state’s duly enacted law that protects the lives of mothers and their children. The appeals court should uphold that ruling.”
- Pronunciation guide: Harle (HAR’-lee)
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Mark Lippelmann serves as senior counsel for Alliance Defending Freedom, where he is a key member of the Center for Life. Lippelmann is responsible for the most advanced and complex litigation in support of pro-life laws. In his prior role at ADF, Lippelmann focused on protecting the freedom of Christian ministries, schools, and churches to exercise their faith without interference. Prior to joining ADF, Lippelmann worked as an attorney for the U.S. Postal Service in Washington, D.C., where he focused on complex class action litigation before federal courts and administrative bodies. Lippelmann also served as a federal law clerk and as an associate in private practice before joining ADF. Lippelmann earned his J.D. from Washburn University School of Law in 2009. While in law school, he served as comments editor of the Washburn Law Journal and was a research assistant for the school’s legal research and writing program. He obtained a B.A. in philosophy from The University of Kansas in 2006. He is admitted to the state bars in Kansas and Arizona and several federal courts.
Denise Harle serves as senior counsel with Alliance Defending Freedom, where she is the director of the Center for Life. 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.