Thursday, January 22, 2009

CLS Center and ADF attorneys move to intervene in conscience regulation lawsuit on behalf of pro-life medical associations

On behalf of pro-life professional medical associations, attorneys for the CLS Center for Law & Religious Freedom and the Alliance Defense Fund have filed motions to intervene in three lawsuits challenging a regulation that protects the medical professional right of conscience. View the press release here.

Last week, Planned Parenthood, a group of states including Connecticut, and the National Family Planning & Reproductive Health Association (NFPRHA) represented by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) brought lawsuits seeking to invalidate a Health & Human Services regulation that protects doctors and other medical professionals from being forced to participate in abortions against their consciences.

CLS and ADF attorneys represent the Catholic Medical Association, the Christian Medical Association, and the American Association of Pro-Life Obstetricians and Gynecologists.

The complaints, briefs in support of motion for intervention, and the proposed answers for the respective cases are available from the CLS Center:

Connecticut v. United States

NFPRHA v. Leavitt

Planned Parenthood v. Leavitt

The Center previously submitted comments on behalf of the Christian Legal Society and the Fellowship of Christian Physician Assistants in support of the enactment of this rule.

CLS and ADF attorneys also successfully defended against two challenges to the Weldon Amendment, which is one the three underlying statutes implemented by the regulation; that is, California v. United States (press release), and National Family Planning and Reproductive Health Association v. Gonzales (press release).