Planned Parenthood Association of Utah v. State of Utah
Description: Planned Parenthood is challenging Utah’s pro-life law.
ADF urges Utah Supreme Court to protect unborn lives, reverse injunction on state’s pro-life law
The following quote may be attributed to Alliance Defending Freedom Legal Counsel Julia Payne regarding a friend-of-the-court brief ADF attorneys filed Friday with the Utah Supreme Court in Planned Parenthood Association of Utah v. State of Utah on behalf of Utah Eagle Forum in support of the state’s pro-life law, which Planned Parenthood is challenging:
“Utah is eager to affirm that life is a human right and, to that end, the state has enacted a pro-life law protecting that most fundamental of rights for the unborn. Pro-life laws like Utah’s also help women by ensuring they have the support they need during a difficult time in their lives. Women deserve access to real health care, not the dangerous and unnecessary procedures Planned Parenthood peddles to make a profit. We are pleased to join in supporting Utah’s effort to protect the lives of unborn children and mothers and urge the state’s high court to reverse the trial court’s injunction halting Utah’s pro-life law.”
ADF attorneys are working in 11 other states to defend pro-life laws: Arizona, Iowa, Michigan, Montana, North Carolina, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, West Virginia, and Wyoming.
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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Julia Payne serves as legal counsel for Alliance Defending Freedom’s Center for Life. In this role, she defends the sanctity of life by litigating both beginning and end of life issues. Before joining ADF, Payne worked at the Office of the Indiana Attorney General as a deputy attorney general for five years. She has argued cases before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit, the Southern District of Indiana, and Indiana state courts. Payne graduated cum laude from Indiana University Maurer School of Law in 2017, where she served as an editor on the Indiana Law Journal and won best brief in the Sherman Minton Moot Court Competition. During law school, Payne interned as a clerk for Indiana Solicitor General Tom Fisher and as a Blackstone Fellow with ADF’s Center for Academic Freedom in Atlanta. Payne graduated summa cum laude from Western Kentucky University with a B.A. in History and a B.A. in Spanish. Payne is a member of the bars of the Indiana Supreme Court, the northern and southern districts of Indiana, and the 7th Circuit.