Firm Authors Amicus Brief on Behalf of Religious Organizations in Support of Women’s Rights and Religious Freedom

January 16, 2019

On January 10, 2019, the Firm filed an amicus curiae brief on behalf of 10 religious organizations in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, requesting affirmance of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas’s judgment enjoining Texas’s recently-enacted requirements that healthcare facilities dispose of embryonic or fetal tissue by means of cremation or burial.  The amici are religious leaders from a broad range of traditions who acknowledge the diversity of views regarding when life begins, and accordingly support the right of women to decide, in accordance with their beliefs, how to dispose of fetal tissue following the loss or termination of a pregnancy.”  These groups “cherish the freedom that the U.S. Constitution guarantees to all persons to practice their religions free of state intrusion.”  In their brief, the amici address how “the Challenged Laws represent an inappropriate intrusion by the state into women’s religious practice.”

To read the full amicus curiae brief, click here.